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an epigrammatic Japanese verse form of three short lines

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Hokku is the briefest form of Japanese poetry, composed of 17 syllables.
Maekuzuke was, however, looked down on by poets with more literary aspirations, like Basho and his successors, who tended to prefer hokku.
24) Hokku with waki are from 'Renga (Hokku de Os 64 trigramas, com waki de Stephen Reckert)', in Uma Ra que Salta, pp.
So well known is the hokku produced there that one must remind oneself that the trip to Ryushakuji was actually a detour for the poet and was nowhere on his itinerary.
The term haiku is derived from the first element of the word haikai (a humorous form of renga [linked-verse poem]) and the second of hokku (the initial stanza of a renga).
Hokku is the opening verse in a series of linked verse; haiku is a separate poem of the haikai school.
While many poets in the world have taken interest in his poems and some have even confessed they were influenced or inspired by them to create their own poems, they have not necessarily appreciated Basho's poetry; in most cases, they were attracted to the short form of poetry called hokku or haiku.
The memories of Gilbert and his jokes are interwoven in the poem with references to Robert Hass's book on Renga, a Japanese group poem in tight hokku stanzas that shift the subject from stanza to stanza with each contributor and yet maintain enough inner connection so that "The movement / Of linked renga coursing from moment to moment/Is meaning.
In a Japanese hokku for example, "the tenor [target] can follow the vehicle [source]" (Lewis 202), which may explain why we see the similes we see in the poems by Aldington and Upward (ironically, the source-then-target form of simile is also found in Milton' s epic similes in Paradise Lost).
Teitoku raised haikai--comic renga (linked verses) from which the more serious 17-syllable hokku (later called haiku) of Basho^O were derived--to an acceptable literary standard and made them into a popular poetic style.
His numerous volumes of poetry include So^Oin gohyakku (1676; "Five Hundred Verses by So^Oin") and Baio^OSo^Oin hokku shu (1681; "The Collected Hokku of the Plum Old Gentleman So^Oin").
The ideal poem is fresh and uninhibited, haiku rather than hokku of the past.