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hokku

[haw-koo, hok-oo] /ˈhɔ ku, ˈhɒk u/
noun, plural hokku. Prosody
1.
the opening verse of a linked verse series.
2.
Origin of hokku
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Japanese, equivalent to hok opening, first + ku stanza; earlier fot-ku < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese depart + phrase
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  • The most attenuated form of all is the hokku (or haikai) which consists of only three lines, namely, 17 syllables.

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

    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
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for hokku

hokku

/ˈhɒkuː/
noun (pl) -ku
1.
(prosody) another word for haiku
Word Origin
from Japanese, from hok beginning + ku hemistich
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