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DAFFODILS

(Spring) A sunny morning; The daffodils I planted Are now my neighbors’ spring.   David  

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VANISHED SPRINGS: ISSA’S VIOLETS

Issa wrote a spring “question” hokku about violets: (Spring) Who was it That lived here before me? The violets…. “The violets” is not an answer to his question, but rather the context.  He is wondering what kind of people were … Continue reading

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CANDLEMAS AND CONTROVERSY

Yes, today is Candlemas — Imbolc — the beginning of spring in the old calendar.  It hardly seems like it, waking to a freezing wind and the likelihood of snow, but nonetheless the Wheel of the Year has turned, and … Continue reading

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THE YELLOW WATERS OF SPRING OR THE SPRING’S YELLOW WATERS?

Ransetsu wrote a spring hokku about the flowering shrub called yamabuki —山吹  — which is generally translated into English as “mountain rose.”  That is, however, rather confusing for Westerners, who generally think it looks little like the roses they know. … Continue reading

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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SMALL THINGS

One of the first problems a new student of hokku encounters is the selection of material, and this question arises: What subject is worth making into a hokku? The answer is that to make a hokku interesting, one must pick … Continue reading

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SPRING CONTRAST, SPRING SIMILARITY

Here is a variation on a hokku by Buson: The heavy doors Of a temple gate close; The spring evening. What is behind appreciation of this verse? First, it is set in the season of spring, which is a time … Continue reading

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NOT LONG TO STAY: HOUSMAN’S LENTEN LILY

If you read the earlier posting on Alfred Edward Housman’s poem Loveliest of Trees, you will notice a similarity of spirit with today’s poem, which is the 29th in his collection A Shropshire Lad. Also a “spring” poem, it is … Continue reading

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