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cinnamon tea
drinking the scent
of dawn

thé à la cannelle
boire le parfum
de l'aube

Sandi Pray, USA
cco 2017-10-1


Un peu poétique mais si magique par l'évocation d'un goût exotique. J'y vois aussi une opposition forte entre la chaleur de la cannelle et le froid de l'aube, réhaussée pour moi par celle des tons chauds (cannelle) et froids (bleu de l'aube).


tea taste dawn morning spices cinnamon

Structure of this haiku.

Schema and motifs :

Schéma :
  Motif : mmm003 -

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.

* 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

* 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.

* auteur - Presence of the author.
Presence of the author in the haiku, the author stages himself but does not necessarily speak about him.

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

* glissement - Shifting from one meaning to another.
Shift of discourse from one meaning to another. It's the whole discourse that changes meaning. Not to be confused with the surprise, which is an unexpected element that does not deeply change the meaning of the discourse.

Archetypes and dialectics

* D_IntExt - In <> Out.

* D_ChaudFroid - Warm <> Cold.

* T_Lent - Slow Time.

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