(The increasingly less) Daily senryu thread

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Previous senryu

  1. 陽当たりのよいマイホーム昼は留守
    Bought sunlit house / But I’m never home / When the sun shines


  • This conclusively proves that whenever I doubt my first impression, it’s proven correct, and whenever I’m confident in my first impression, it’s proven wrong!

  • Today I realized @Myria is German (the quotation marks!).

  • Stealing @Myria’s grammar points almost verbatim: 日当たりの良いマイホーム is one fragment that sets the scene (の can replace が in relative clauses. You can interpret it as 日当たりが良いマイホーム). The sentence (fragment) basically ends here. It’s basically just one noun on its own: "My home, well lit by sunlight“ or "My sunlit home“. The second part of the senryuu is the punchline: 昼は留守. The は doesn‘t necessarily indicate the actor, but instead it marks the topic of the sentence: "During daytime, (I‘m) not at home.“

  • Note that (ひる) also has the connotation of daytime, not just noon or afternoon ((あさ)(ひる)(ばん)).

  • マイホーム sounds a bit like real-estate advertising copy to me, too. I’m not completely sure why the author chose this English katagana-go phrase, but “artistic license” is almost certainly correct (I suspect both for (おん) count and a wry vibe).

Current senryu challenge

Volume: Various Settings

  1. いい事も時には言ってる酔っ払い

Once again, easy for me to read without a dictionary, but I’ve little idea what it means. I need to ponder this for a bit.

I’m looking forward to reading what other’s think!

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