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Analysis of the Haiku structure

yesterday’s funeral
the lingering scent
of mother’s lilies

enterrement d'hier
l'odeur persistante
des lys de maman

Cynthia Rowe, Australia
cco 2019-04-1


Haïku basé sur la similitude entre persistance d'une odeur et d'un souvenir.A noter que seule une des composantes est explictement nommée, l'autre est sous-entendue. La similitude joue donc entre une composante de surface et l'autre profonde. C'est le contexte en L1 qui les réunit.


death mourning flower scent mother

Structure of this haiku.

Used techniques :

* 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.

* concordance - Accordance between the surface and deep discourses
Accordance between superfical and deep discourses. Two parallel discourses.

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

* 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.

Archetypes and dialectics

* A_Mort - Death.

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

* T_PassePresent - Bubble of Past.

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