Poetry: Haiku and Tanka

Daily Prompt #45:  Abecedarian

I want you to try your hand at writing an Abecedarian poem.  These poems use the alphabet to start every line.  Here’s one I wrote.  

Take fifteen minutes.

Today, you’re going to practice writing haiku and tanka poems. These poems come from ancient Japan and place an emphasis on brevity, often focusing on a single image. The key is to remember the following structure for each:

Haiku: click here for samples on my blog.

They are always three lines long and follow this syllabic structure:

5 – 7 -5

This means the first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables.


 

Tanka: click for samples on my blog.

They are always three lines long and follow this syllabic structure:

5 – 7 -5 – 7 – 7

Use the remainder of the hour to write several haiku and tanka. Consider creating a collection tied by a similar theme or image.

Feel free to re-explore the other forms we’ve tried out this week too!

 

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