A Flowering Word: The Modernist Expression in Stéphane by Noriko Takeda PDF

By Noriko Takeda

ISBN-10: 0820438979

ISBN-13: 9780820438979

In its overseas and cross-cultural evolution, the modernist circulation introduced the main outstanding achievements within the poetry style. via their fragmented mode by means of semantic scrambling, the modernist poems search to include an indestructible team spirit of language and paintings. with a view to elucidate the importance of that «essential» shape in capitalistic instances, A Flowering note applies C. S. Peirce’s semiotic conception to the central works of 3 modern writers: Stéphane Mallarmé’s past due sonnets, T. S. Eliot’s 4 Quartets, and the japanese prefeminist poet, Yosano Akiko’s Tangled Hair.

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The Tanka thus enabled Yosano Akiko’s romantic energy to be ex- The Japanese Reformation of Poetic Language 43  pressed in its most suitable rendering. Supplied with the spatial expansion modeled on the Western long poem, Yosano Akiko’s avantgardist universe becomes modernist, supported by the framework of the traditional Waka that highlights its forwarding contrast actualized by the original feminine voice for catharsis and encouragement. The illuminating voice envelops the reader as sunlight.

With my heart throbbing I will offer you a night’s dream; May God not forsake The Wanderer in the field of passion Waved with the spring flames! 32 The Japanese Reformation of Poetic Language  Lo, that girl of twenty springs; How beautiful, Her black hair streaming through her comb, In all the brightness Of her vanity season! The female speaker’s pride, which is evidently conveyed by the above example, does not exhaust nor reject the reader with its imposing egoism.

Shutting the eyes, the dead go beyond the taboo of incest, seeking for the realization of union and rebirth. Death represents seminal impetus, as well as erotic culmination. The myth of the incestuous reproduction, as is represented by Yosano Akiko’s allegorical-symbolical overdetermined collection, links to the author/reader’s recognition of Japanese homogeneity, while at the same time serving as the universal salvation for the limited modernist self: Stay, sweet spring: Wisteria at night, Rows of maidens In a ballroom— How swift is time!

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