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

By Noriko Takeda

In its overseas and cross-cultural evolution, the modernist flow introduced the main outstanding achievements within the poetry style. via their fragmented mode through semantic scrambling, the modernist poems search to include an indestructible cohesion of language and artwork. in an effort to elucidate the importance of that «essential» shape in capitalistic occasions, A Flowering note applies C. S. Peirce’s semiotic thought to the imperative works of 3 modern writers: Stéphane Mallarmé’s overdue sonnets, T. S. Eliot’s 4 Quartets, and the japanese prefeminist poet, Yosano Akiko’s Tangled Hair.

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44 The Japanese Reformation of Poetic Language  the loss of him or herself. The connecting lines of light in a fragrant efflorescence of various flowers stir the reader’s desire to retrieve the nostalgic oneness with the motherly existence in a divine rank as a source of life. The erotic voice from the speaker’s white body accelerates the communion between the diversified objects at the extremity of lines in an enhancing aestheticized imagery, even though the attempt of the retrieval represents a metonymic displacement.

By Ito- Sachio) (B-T, 158) Out on the lake This ice has melted. But still it is cold. The crescent moon’s reflection Glitters on the waves. (By Shimaki Akahiko) (K, 60) In glaring sunlight A road without a fork Lies straight before me. This, I know, will be my life, As long as I live.

The processes of modernization—especially urbanism and individualization, or capitalistic alienation—were markedly under way from the Genroku era (1688–1704) with the rise of the mercantile class,4 as is reflected by the contemporary Kabuki theater using the brightness of splashing colors that highlights the mimetic diversification. The Tokugawa Sho- gunate, however, persisted in closing the country to the outside world in order to retain the social system based on agricultural feudality throughout the Edo period.

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