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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: Tanka very much
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05/22/07


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Haiku you know well
Thanks to English class.
But, haiku has a cousin.

Tanka is his name.
Five lines with syllables thus:
Five, seven, five, seven twice.
Poetry class is over.

Now let’s have some fun.
Haiku goes too fast, I think.
So, how ‘bout Tanka?

Truly a challenge:
Acrostic tanka poems
“Tanka” fits just fine!
Keep up now. What starts with “A”?
Astonishing! I did it.

Tanka limerick?
No, it is not possible!
Too much emphasis
Is placed on the syllable.
I just had to give it up.

A tanka sonnet?
There is so much math in this.
Sonnets: 14 lines.
Tanka, you recall, has five.
Fourteen and five just won’t mix.

So just take tanka
For what it is, and enjoy.
The Japanese do.
They invented the tanka
As they did the short haiku.

Tell me what you see.
Do it poetically.
You needn’t rhyme it.
Just let your heart be your voice,
Follow your senses and dreams.

Poetry language:
Language of the heart and soul,
Words painting pictures,
Scenes from your own fantasy,
Come now; let your heart speak out.


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Dana Neal05/24/07
This poem seems to be a learning..reading. Different for me in style...it was good.
I enjoyed the last stanza.
Jacquelyn Horne05/24/07
What a poetry lesson! Never heard of Tanka.
Dee Yoder 05/25/07
I like the playfull feeling in your poem. Thanks for the poetry lesson!
Donna Emery05/25/07
I'm glad you showed us what a tanka was. This was enjoyable.
Laisa Jones05/25/07
T'ank you! :) This is cute and informative.
Rhonda Clark 05/28/07
Good poetry lesson. Great job.