Helena's Blue Rose Cafe ~ Form: TANKA January 29, 2013 - February 12, 2013
TANKA poems are written about nature, seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions. This form of poetry dates back almost 1200 years ago.
There are different methods of writing TANKA in English, but the most common form is WRITING FIVE LINES consisting of 5-7-5-7-7 English SYLLABLES. This is also considered to be the most traditional form of tanka.
There are FIVE LINES in a TANKA POEM
Line one - 5 syllables Beautiful mountains
Line two - 7 syllables Rivers with cold, cold water.
Line three - 5 syllable White cold snow on rocks
Line four - 7 syllables Trees over the place with frost
Line five - 7 syllables White sparkly snow everywhere.
Note: You count the SYLLABLES on your fingers as you say the line...
Line one - BEAUT/ I/ FUL/ MOUN/ TAINS 5 syllables
Line two - RIV/ ERS/ WITH/ COLD,/ COLD/ WA/ TER 7 syllables
Line three -WHITE/ COLD/ SNOW/ ON/ ROCKS 5 syallables
Line four - TREES/ OV/ ER/ THE/ PLACE/ WITH/ FROST 7 syallables
Line five - WHITE/ SPARK/LY /SNOW/ EVERY/ WHERE 7 syllables
Of course allowances are made for our varying accents in our ' Mother Tongue', when counting the 'beats' but as long as we have the correct number of syllables pertaining to the contest requirement it is quite acceptable.
One example of tanka is a poem written by Gerard John Conforti, of New York City. In his book, Now That the Night Ends (1996), he never varies from this pattern:
This cold winter night
the snow clings to the tree boughs
in the pale moonlight
the kisses of your soft lips
warm this aching heart of mine
Tanka is a beautiful form and I look forward to reading your submissions.
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Created Jan 29, 2013