How to Write a Tanka Poem - Phase 1A Lesson by Alz Alz
Your complete guide on writing a Japanese Tanka poem!
Creating a Tanka is fairly simple and fun! Let's get started ^_^
As with everything, you must first find a topic. It could be as simple as a stream in the woods or as hard to capture as an emotion, like hatred or love. Tanka's are typically of nature topics, but you're the artist, so feel free to write about anything you please. Once you've picked a topic, write down at least ten words that describe it. For example: A stream in the woods - fast paced, sparkling, wet, chilly, etc. Now that you have your words written, let's get to the Tanka makin' part!
Now comes the syllable part. Here is the syllable outline for the Tanka poem:
Line one - 5 syllables
Line two - 7 syllables
Line three -5 syllables
Line four - 7 syllables
Line five -7 syllables
Now, write your tanka poem using some or more of your descriptive words you listed above and make sure to follow the syllable pattern!
You can find an example of a Tanka that I wrote here!
Thank you! Send me a link of your Tanka poem so I can see how effective my course was!
Added on January 25, 2010
Last Updated on January 30, 2010
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