Rose bud (Tanka)

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WIND (TANKA)

Tanka is one of the oldest Japanese poetry forms. There are five lines in a Tanka poem. Tanks poems are written about nature, seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions.

“Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.”

–Augustus Hare

Wind tanka

MIST (TANKA)

Tanka is one of the oldest Japanese poetry forms. There are five lines in a Tanka poem. The basic structure of a Tanka poem is 5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7. In other words, there are 5 syllables in line 1, 7 syllables in line 2, 5 syllables in line 3, and 7 syllables in lines 4 and 5. Tanks poems are written about nature, seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions.

Mist