Tag Archives: Yin and Yang

ARRANGING A HOKKU: SHIKI’S GATE

I often say that in spite of his reputation as the “founder” of haiku, Shiki really wrote hokku, though he tended toward verses that were like sketches in words.  Perhaps you have come across Blyth’s translation of one of his … 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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YIN AMID YANG: BUSON’S MISTY GRASSES

Here is a spring hokku by Buson. Whenever I read it, it reminds me of 19th-century American paintings of the rural countryside as it was in those quieter, greener days: The grasses are misty, The water silent; Evening … It … Continue reading

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GLAD YULE!

Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice — Wintersonnenwende — Great Yule. With that long-celebrated day, the sun will then begin to rise higher in its arc across the sky, the days will slowly but surely grow longer, and light and warmth … Continue reading

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WINTER BEGINS: THE SEASON

Winter begins; The hilltop trees Vanish in fog. Yes, according to the Hokku calendar and the old European agricultural calendar, now that we have passed Halloween, winter has begun. It certainly seems like it where I am, because the skies … Continue reading

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INCREASING YIN: THE LIGHT GOES OUT

I often mention that Shiki, who is generally considered (inaccurately) the founder of the modern haiku movement, just continued to write hokku, for the most part, though he called them “haiku.” Not only were his verses hokku in form, they … Continue reading

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AUTUMN: RETURNING TO THE ROOT

The autumn equinox has passed. That means the days are growing shorter, the nights longer. In my recent discussion of the hokku Wheel of the Year, I emphasized how very important the seasons are to hokku. It is a new … Continue reading

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