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  • Project Leader:
    ingemeldgaard
  • Participants:
    The WEbook community
  • Who Can Write:
    All Participants
  • Category:
    Poetry
  • Genre:
    General
  • Language:
    English
  • Created:
    4/14/2010

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Japanese Poetry in the form of Tanka

'Tanka' have many forms, ancient and modern. I invite you to submit yours, in the form of 5 lines, with the lines to have a syllable pattern of 5-7-5-7-7. The first three lines form a Haiku, the last three a Katauta, and so, the middle line is the bridge between the two, and must make sense if it was the last line of the Haiku, and also if it was the first line of the Katauta. No rhyming is allowed.

You can look up 'Tanka' on Wikepedia, which has a long and interesting article. I have chosen this particular form of Tanka for this project as I was already interested in Haiku, due to a project I joined here on WeBook.

Please do not submit any poems that contain explicit sex, gratuitous violence or offensive language.

I have submitted my first three attempts, and do not claim they are perfect or particularly wonderful, but at least they give an example of the form.
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