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Analysis of the Haiku structure

a sunny day
pink haze of the cherry blossoms
over the hill

un jour de soleil
brume rose de fleurs de cerisiers
sur la colline

Nakano Sawako, Japan
cco 2004-04-1


Les cerisiers en fleurs ont une valeur plus importante pour les Japonais que pour nous. Ce haïku d'atmosphère doit donc signifier plus pour eux que pour nous. C'est un exemple de haïku avec un élément culturel qui passe difficilement d'une culture à l'autre.


sun flower cherry

Structure of this haiku.

Used techniques :

* atmosphere - Atmosphere.
Something emerges from all the elements that constitute haiku: a climate, an atmosphere. The author does not state this explicitly. It is the reader who reconstructs it from his or her own experience.

This is especially true in three-segment haiku, also called "grocery list". But this effect can also be achieved in other ways.

The mention of feelings related to the weather and taste adds a multisensory dimension to the atmosphere created.

Effects: liasen - Binding with sensorial feelings.

At the level: 1-surf - Surface level
Discourse, surface structures, content, subject, style.

Description level: 3-suj - Subject, content

* culturel - Use of external cultural reference.
The haiku is based on an external cultural element, well known by the reader. There is a sharing of an environment (place, situation...) or cultural element (music, painting...) that will seek memories or sensations in the memory and experience of the reader. This device saves a lot of space, nothing else is needed, the effect is achieved by the reader's contribution.

Effects: liavec - Binding to the reader's experience.

At the level: 2-prof - Deep level
Deep and non explicit structures, active objects of the unconscious.

Description level: 5-strp - Deep structure (schemas, patterns, cultural, associations, similarities)

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