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Analysis of the Haiku structure

Groundhog Day
another friend
returns to earth

Jour de la marmotte
un autre ami
retourne à la terre

Earl Keener, USA
cco 2018-02-1


Le jour de la marmotte a une signification particuière en Amérique du Nord. Si en sortant d’hibernation, elle voit son ombre (temps clair), elle a peur et retourne hiberner car l’hiver se prolongera en lien avec les masses d’air froides. Le lien est ici étrange. Il semble signifier que l’ami n’est pas vraiment mort et qu’il reviendra aux beaux jours.


death humour

Structure of this haiku.

Used techniques :

* 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.

* simili - Similitudes.
Use of images with common semes. The sharing of common semes (qualities, characteristics) makes images reinforce each other. There is resonance because the mind makes the relationship between the two images.

A cup of tea and a lake share the fact that they are an expanse of liquid surrounded by a rim. We can "see" the image of one in the other.

* archetype - Active archetypes.
Active presence of archetypes that have determined relationships between images. These archetypes are structures that have aggregated seeds (meanings) and are patterns inherited from the collective unconscious. These are the models that we use to organize our perception of the World.

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

* trans_S - Transition in the surface discourse.
Surface transition.

Archetypes and dialectics

* A_Mort - Death.

Contexte de mort (deuil, décès, cimetière...) ou pulsion de mort (guerre, violence...).

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