Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
Volume 46, Number 4, December 2013
pp. 91-107 | 10.1353/mos.2013.0037
Examined through the lens of evolutionary literary criticism, or “biopoetics,” haiku exemplifies several evocritical ideas about the adaptive functions of art. It is an exercise in “making special,” or marking significant rituals, a means of promoting social bonding, and a kind of cognitive play that exercises our abilities in symbolic thought.