hokku


hokku

hokku [haw-koo, hok-oo] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural hok·ku. Prosody.

  1. the opening verse of a linked verse series.
  2. haiku.

Origin of hokku 1895–1900; Japanese, equivalent to hok opening, first + ku stanza; earlier fot-ku Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese fá depart + jù phrase Examples from the Web for hokku Historical Examples of hokku

  • It must always be understood that there is an implied continuation to every Japanese hokku.

    Japanese Prints

    John Gould Fletcher

  • He reformed the hokku, by introducing into everything he wrote a deep spiritual significance underlying the words.

    Japanese Prints

    John Gould Fletcher

  • The concluding hemistich, whereby the hokku becomes the tanka, is existent in the writer’s mind, but never uttered.

    Japanese Prints

    John Gould Fletcher

  • The reader can now see for himself what the main object of the hokku poetry is, and what it achieved.

    Japanese Prints

    John Gould Fletcher

  • That is not to say, that, by taking the letter for the spirit, we should in any way strive to imitate the hokku form.

    Japanese Prints

    John Gould Fletcher

  • British Dictionary definitions for hokku hokku noun plural -ku

    1. prosody another word for haiku

    Word Origin for hokku from Japanese, from hok beginning + ku hemistich

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