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3/7/5/7/7 Tanka

A chapter in the book Tanka Collection


by Gypsy Blue Rose

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to capricious lunar tides  

   as they rise and fall  —

over brilliant golden shores  

tangled in turbulent love 



Capricious = led by a sudden an unpredictable change
Lunar tides = are the mutual attraction between the sea and the moon

Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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