Tanka 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'.
It 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.
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.
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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