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Analysis of the Haiku structure

sunday lunch
the chatter of children
among hard drinkers

diner du dimanche
les bavardages des enfants
parmi les soulards

Alan Summers, England
cco 2002-03-1


Opposition : entre grands et petits. Deux mondes en parallele, ici opposés.
L2 est un pivot. Il peut être rattaché à L1 et/ou à L2. Le sens bascule en L3.
Importance du repas pris en commun.


Opposition between two parallel worlds (children <> adults).
L2 is the pivot. it can be linked to L1 and/or L3. The meaning changes with L3.


child alcool dinner

Structure of this haiku.

Used techniques :

* opposition - Images in opposition.
Images with a group of opposite senses. The images are in opposition to each other. However, the opposite semes are grouped into dialectics. A dialectic is composed of opposite semes, like the two sides, poles of the same grade.

For example:
- Top and Bottom.
- Inside and Outside
- Big and Tiny

* pivot - Pivotal element.
Use of a pivot element as a link between two different parts of the haiku. This element belongs to both parts.

* 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.

* fin - Final element give the clue.
A detail at the end reveals the real meaning of haiku.

Archetypes and dialectics

* D_GrandPetit - Big <> Little.

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