- the opening verse of a linked verse series.
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
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Examples from the Web for hokku
It must always be understood that there is an implied continuation to every Japanese hokku.
He reformed the hokku, by introducing into everything he wrote a deep spiritual significance underlying the words.
The concluding hemistich, whereby the hokku becomes the tanka, is existent in the writer's mind, but never uttered.
The reader can now see for himself what the main object of the hokku poetry is, and what it achieved.
That is not to say, that, by taking the letter for the spirit, we should in any way strive to imitate the hokku form.
- prosody another word for haiku
from Japanese, from hok beginning + ku hemistich
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