WELCOME TO #TANKATUESDAY!
Last month, I asked Reena to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. Her choice was the Japanese form, kouta.
The Kouta 小唄 (little or short song) is a popular Japanese verse form of the Muromachi Period, 14th thru 16th century. The lyrical song was resurrected as a geisha song in the late 1800s and is still popular today.
The form has several variations, though always short in only 4 lines, a 5th line is sometimes added.
The elements of Kouta are:
- a poem in 4 lines. (an occasional 5th line may appear)
- a standalone poem, but its often is accompanied by other Koutas with the same theme.
- syllabic, variable odd numbered syllable lengths, the most common patterns are written in lines of alternating 7-5-7-5 syllables or 7-7-7-5 syllables.
- secular, personal, themes of ordinary life.
- often include onomatopoeia (defined above).
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
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.
Follow the schedule listed below:
💜 November Specific Form: Reena
💚 November Photo Prompt: David
💛 November Theme Prompt: Franci (Eugi)