TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 284, 8/9/22, #SpecificForm: 4-11


Last month, I asked Yvette Calleiro to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. Her choice was a form that Gwen Plano created, called the 4-11. You can find her 4-11 form HERE.


Gwen says the 4-11 is a stanza of eleven lines, four syllables each line. The beginning line also repeats as the last line. Here is Gwen’s example.

Here are some sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables:

Not sure how to write syllabic poetry?

READ THIS FIRST: How to craft Syllabic Poetry

Tanka Tuesday Cheat Sheet






Word Craft: Prose & Poetry – The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry


  • Write your syllabic poem. Try not to use “ing” ending words to satisfy the word count.
  • Post it on your blog. Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the URL: https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink). You might have to delete your previous entry.
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.


Follow the schedule listed below:

August Specific Form: Yvette

 August Photo Prompt: Reena

 August Theme Prompt: Sarah

Now, have fun and write some 4-11 poetry!

47 thoughts on “TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 284, 8/9/22, #SpecificForm: 4-11

  1. Gwen’s poem was lovely, and the repeating line was a wonderful touch. I look forward to reading the responses. Another fun and creative challenge, Colleen. ❤ ❤


  2. I really like this 4-11. Even though it’s 11 lines it doesn’t feel weighty because each line is only 4 syllables. And the first and the last being the same gives it a nice wrapup. Nice!



  3. Thank you for hosting, Colleen. Thank you Gwen Plano for the form and thank you Yvette Calleiro for choosing it. I enjoyed writing to it. 🙂


  4. Hi Colleen, I must apologize I seem to have entered to Mr Linky twice this week, once my attempt at the 4-11 and one a resubmission of the previous week’s poem… I really don’t know how I did that? 💜💜


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