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HOKKU PATTERNS: SETTING/SUBJECT/ACTION AND SUBJECT/ACTION

There are many ways of arranging the elements of an experience to make a hokku.  We always think first of the common “Setting/Subject/Action” method, found in hokku such as this slight variant on one by Seibi: (Winter) The flame of … Continue reading

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INTENTION AND TRANSLATION: BASHŌ’S ONE-COLOR WORLD

Bashō wrote an interesting winter hokku that is often found mistranslated.  It is, in Japanese: 冬  枯  れ  や   世は一色に 風の音 Fuyu-gare ya  yo wa hito iro [isshoku] ni   kaze no oto The mistranslation usually comes in the … Continue reading

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AN EARLY WINTER HOKKU

Winter begins; In the withered fields No bird sings. A friend in the Netherlands sent this photo taken by his wife on her walk through the Holterberg region.  She kindly gave her permission for me to use it.  It really … Continue reading

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A BURSTING JUG, AND CHANGING THE SITE COMMENTS POLICY

A very effective hokku by Bashō: (Winter) Waking suddenly; A water pot burst In the icy night. I have added the “suddenly” (as Blyth also does in his translation) because it is implied by the event.  The jug has burst … Continue reading

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NEW YEAR’S SUN

(Winter) New Year’s Day; A crow sips a puddle Thawed by the sun.   This is probably a good time to again ask reader opinions about the comments policy on this site.  It has long been that comments are only … Continue reading

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A FEW SNOWFLAKES

The hokku of Issa is a very mixed bag.  Often it is too emotional, or says too much.  There is, for example, this verse: Snow sparsely falling; A splendid Moonlit night. The problem here — aside from the rather awkward … Continue reading

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A WINTER SOLSTICE WIND

(Winter) The wind rises; Crows fly cawing From tree to tree.   Happy Winter Solstice, everyone!   David

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