Heart Mountain Bungei: Tanka
Tanka: Tanka is a slightly longer form of poetry, based on a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable structure. It is based on an older form of poetry that developed into haiku and senryū, and was enjoying a revival in the late 1800s and early 1900s. One of the characteristic traits of tanka is a “pivot” that happens between the 5-7-5 and the 7-7 sections. Historically, poets would sometimes play games where one poet would write the first part, and another would write the second in a way that twisted the meaning of the first part unexpectedly.
Works by Heart Mountain Tanka Association
NOVEMBER COLLECTION Nose Noboru, Block 15 Awakened late in the middle of the night By the ringing bells—fire! Announcing the fire in our cafeteria Screams late in the middle...Read Full Piece