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Analysis of the Haiku structure

premières lueurs
le lent déploiement des feuilles
de thé dans la tasse

Delphine Eissen, France
cco 2019-04-1


Matérialisation de la lenteur du Temps. Mais au delà, c'est l'idée du Temps qui s'ouvre qui donne la force à ce haïku. Le futur (présent dans la journée qui commence) se dessine dans l'agencement des feuilles de thé dans la tasse. Une technique de divination très ancienne. Il y a ici résonnace, similitude entre un élément objectif explicite (L1) et un élément non-dit mais suscité par le reste du discours.


morning dawn light tea

Structure of this haiku.

Used techniques :

* psycho - Haiku with a psychological background.
Haiku can have a reading level that expresses an underlying psychological situation that is still active. It is not sure if this analysis is accurate. It can simply exist in the reader's mind. It is almost always absent from the author's intention, as can be seen from the author's request for information.

* 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.

* 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.

* 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

* T_Lent - Slow Time.

* T_FuturPresent - Bubble of Future.

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