Workshop > Tanka
Oct 06

Tanka

The tanka form is quite similar to a haiku. In fact, they start out exactly the same way.
Originally, tanka poems were written as one long line of "verse," with a consistent rhythm. They are now more well-known is their 5 line format. They start off the same as a haiku, in that the first three lines have 5, then 7, then 5 syllables. Tanka poems continue with two more lines, both of 7 syllables, though.

You can use a simple framework to keep the pattern in your head. Just mark your writing surface like this:

5
7
5
7
7

Tanka poems generally have a simplistic rhythm to the way the sound. The name "tanka" in fact, can be translated to something along the lines of "little/short song."
Tanka poems often deal with similar subject matter to a haiku--small moments; the natural world and our connection to it.

Post your tanka as a response to this XP.