A paradox in introspection
morning has broken broken dreams in the cold light of day
With her monoku, Marlene 'Mountain' Morelock challenged the idea that haiku must consist of two juxtaposed images. I explore parallelism as a possible poetic device in this monoku.
Besides the obvious meaning of "broken" (to break), "morning is broken" is an example of a contronym:
Now, as an adult, I realize that the use of “broken” in the expression “Morning has broken” is most closely related to breaking through a barrier, out of a throng, or through a surface. In fact, Merriam-Webster clusters it there: “to come into being by…bursting forth.”
PASSING NOTES: Morning Has Broken, by Christina M. Bentley October 9, 2017.
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