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How to Enrich the Quality of Your Tanka

Thumbs-Up - Quality CheckTanka is not about counting syllables or lines, nor is it about following a specific image or theme. Quality makes a big difference to the outcome of your tanka. It is 'Quality' that makes a reader 'marvel' at what you've written. Here is a fast and sure way to discern if your tanka is 'quality-rich'. 

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Tanka: Subjective or Objective?

Tanka inscription of Takasugi ShinsakuIt is common for haiku poets to claim that haiku are objective and tanka are subjective, but this is a mistake. Back in the medieval period in Japan, scholars and critics argued the difference between 'wet' (emotional, subjective) and 'dry' (objective) as the desired basis for tanka. 

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Gaelic Poet

Read a Kerry Wood's Shakespearean sonnet delineating the solitary satisfaction and mental therapy that accompany poetic journaling.

 

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The Ongoing Tanka Structure Conundrum

Some tanka are a 'rush of five lines down' and don't break into parts, some have two, or three, or four, or five parts.

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French Garden at Duke FarmsMad Ophelia distributing flowers in Hamlet inspired this poetic garden romp. Watch for the sounds, sights, and subliminal suggestions of flower and plant names.

 

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What is Tanka About? 

Tanka Ah, tanka definition! Welcome to the favorite quarrel of armchair poets in Tankatown! I have generally refrained from offering much in the way of definition  as I prefer to observe what happens rather than presume to dictate what 'should' happen. 

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Curiosity Shop

More than a simple alphabet poem, this playful verse names in dactylic tetrameter items on display in a Curiosity Shop. We begin with artifacts that adumbrate ancient amenities and progress to zodiac symbols and items imported from Zurich and Zanzibar without missing any of the twenty-six letters.


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Cheese PlatterThe names of the world's cheeses are a rich collection of words that beg to be rhymed as well as crackered and tasted.

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Image of daffodilsSpring is a wonderful time that evokes lively emotions, after a period of wintry cold.   Join the poet as she celebrates spring, through her expressions of delight and happiness. 


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FishSharpen your memory of matters piscatorial, ichthyological puns, and finny funnies floating in fissures. This poem is best read aloud with eyes on the page. You may meet previously unknown creatures of the undersea.

 

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