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humid morning
the scent of lilacs
fills each breath

matin humide
le parfum des lilas
remplit chaque respiration

Catherine, USA
cco 2016-05-1


C'est toujours une bonne idée de placer des odeurs dans un haïku. L'odeur, assez escamotée en Occident, est cependant une sensation efficace pour ancrer un souvenir.


scent morning rain lilac

Structure of this haiku.

Used techniques :

* multisens - Synestesia - Multi-senses perception.
Haïkus using effects on several senses (hearing, touch, taste, vision, smell). They play on the phenomenon of resonance between feelings (Synesthesia). This device usually produces strong haikus because they are physical.

* 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.

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