It’s the fifth Tuesday of the month! This is our chance to work with a specific syllabic poetry form. So, take this opportunity to learn more about the particular form. You can use any subject, theme, or words to convey your message.
Here’s a quick review of the tanka form:
TANKA IN ENGLISH: 5/7/5/7/7 or the s/l/s/l/l/ syllable structure. Your Tanka will comprise 5 lines written in the first-person point of view from the perspective of the poet.
When writing a Tanka, we consider the third line your “pivot,” but feel free to let it happen anywhere, or to exclude it. It is not mandatory. If you use a pivot, the meaning should apply to the first two lines, and the last two lines of your Tanka. Remember, we can read great tanka poems both forward and backward.
Autumn gusts signal an advance in the seasons change perfumes the air as if driving acceptance of the things I cannot change
Notice the first three lines below. We know Autumn gusts signal a change in the seasons.
Autumn gusts signal an advance in the seasons change perfumes the air
The PIVOT is: “change perfumes the air.”
Now, take the third line (my pivot) and add the last two lines to the poem:
change perfumes the air as if driving acceptance of the things I cannot change
Notice how the last three lines (including the pivot) have a secondary meaning to the first three lines? I also use a simile (as if) which is a figure of speech in which we explicitly compare two unlike things: I compared the smell of change and driving acceptance…, in this example.
*When you write your tanka, split it apart like this and see if both parts make sense. There should be two meanings to your poem when you’re all finished.
Good tanka poems take practice. Keep writing and read how the Japanese masters wrote tanka:
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This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.
For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.
A simple yet powerful syllable counter for poems and text which will count the total number of syllables and the number of syllables per line for poems like haikus, limericks, and more. This site does the hard work for you.
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If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:
#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Gogyohka, #Tanka, #TankaProse, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #Renga, #SoloRenga, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma
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