By Noriko Takeda
In its foreign and cross-cultural evolution, the modernist circulation introduced the main amazing achievements within the poetry style. via their fragmented mode by way of semantic scrambling, the modernist poems search to embrace an indestructible team spirit of language and artwork. to be able to elucidate the importance of that «essential» shape in capitalistic occasions, A Flowering observe applies C. S. Peirce’s semiotic conception to the critical 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.
The metamorphosis is continued by the earth, the rising partner of heaven: the fallen light changes itself to the lines of black hair of an attractive female figure in the below world. The dominance of positivity in the first poem, thus the entire collection, is foregrounded by the combination of the flashing “star” and newborn “present” (“hoshi no ima wo”) for the third part. Crystallized at the center of the poem with six syllables that break the Tanka convention, the forwardedness forcefully directs the entire collection dedicated to the privileged moment and voicing self as the minimized jewel of condensed light.
From another angle, her voice from through her lips, the vibrant gates in red, is completely absorbed by the words for incantation as a motherly grotto in the white pages. The interpretation, or interpretant, is, in fact, created by The Japanese Reformation of Poetic Language 47 the verbal signs, though the triggered image shares the fundamental constructive energy with the real-life author. In the superimposition of Yosano Akiko’s collection, which evokes the black sunshine, the endless alternation of illusion and reality are all the more confusing.