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Modern Tanka for the Japanese Club

A chapter in the book Tanka Collection

Your Return

by Gypsy Blue Rose

For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes



the sexy black dress

I bought to celebrate

your return

    hangs in the closet untouched —

dried petals scattered on the floor



MODERN TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed poem is not as structured as the classic tanka. The syllables and number of lines vary but it's a short poem. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. Modern Tanka poets can use any of the following: punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, simile, and personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Modern Tanka originated in the twenty century 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

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.


Club entry for the "MODERN TANKA" event in "JAPANESE POETRY CLUB".  Locate a writing club.
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