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Prompt #112 Tanka you

June 28, 2012


Tanka you!

a community poem prompt

We Write Poems:
Great to see all the responses to last week’s prompt!  Good to hear all your voices.

This week our prompt is provided by Hannah Gosselin!  Hannah asks us to write a Tanka poem.  This is a Japanese poem form of five lines.  Coming from the word “short poem,” the tanka is five-lines in length and utilizes strong images to establish a specific mood.  Just as with the haiku, the length of a tanka poem focuses on syllables, 31 to be exact.  However, unlike the haiku, an author may use the following literary devices in a tanka: simile, metaphor and personification.

Tanka Rules: 1.  The poem uses strong images to establish a mood.  2. The poem includes some type of literary device.  3. The poem has five lines, lines 1 and 3 with five syllables, and all others with seven (5-7-5-7-7).  4. The poem can also be five lines, but the syllable count is: 2-3-2-3-3, focusing on the accented syllables.  The subject matter is traditionally about nature, seasons, love or other strong emotions.

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Perhaps, see if you can incorporate this image into your “tanka” poem or use it for some measure of inspiration – nature and the nature of craftmanship?  While normally called a Thangka painting, in some translations, these are also called Tankas (thus reaching here for the relationship).  Or go your own way.  That’s also fine you know!
Photo credit – by Luca Galuzzi.

Thank you Hannah for this prompt!

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One Comment
  1. June 29, 2012 9:13 am

    Wonderful!! I also enjoy the additive of this image to incorporate. Thank you for the opportunity to throw a prompt idea in the mix…fun!!!

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