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hokku

[haw-koo, hok-oo]
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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 depart + phrase
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Examples from the Web for hokku

Historical Examples

  • 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

from Japanese, from hok beginning + ku hemistich
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