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How to Write a Tanka Poem - Phase 1

How to Write a Tanka Poem - Phase 1

A 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!


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Posted 2 Years Ago

I just thought I would try a Tanka poem.

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Posted 2 Years Ago

A yellow flower
Along the country side heaven
Beauty awaits me
Growing inside everyday
Coming of you tomorrow

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Posted 5 Years Ago

Thanks - give me a few days - this is a hard form to master - but I would like to learn it

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Posted 7 Years Ago

I've always loved Tanka way more than Haiku for some reason ^_^

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Posted 8 Years Ago

I will try this it looks cool.

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Posted 8 Years Ago

I will try it out. I write a fair few Haiku, but not tanka... yet!!!
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Added on January 25, 2010
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Alz Alz

I'm not here often. I just post a little of my writings here. I'm sad a lot.