Examples of Tanka
Would you like to read beautiful examples of tanka? No other poetry has endured quite like tanka, the grandmother of haiku.
Tanka: The Grandmother of Haiku
There are different methods of writing tanka in English, but the most common form is writing five lines consisting of 5-7-5-7-7 English syllables. This is also considered to be the most traditional form of tanka.
One example of tanka is a poem written by Gerard John Conforti, of New York City. In his book, Now That the Night Ends (1996), he never varies from this pattern:
This cold winter night
Since the history of Japanese tanka is so long -- thirteen hundred years -- and the rules have changed so much, there are a variety of styles which allow the poet to experiment but still remain within the realm of tanka.
An example of more experimental tanka is a poem by Sanford Goldstein, now living in Japan, published in the English tanka anthology, Wind Five Folded (1994). It contains his sequence "Buddha: a tanka string" which begins with,
Some of my favorite examples of tanka were written by my friend, Wingpoem:
In the quiet time
Darling you move me
When all this armor
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