Tanka is a quintain (five-lined poem) that has its roots in Japanese poetry. It is a form of writing poetry with as little words as possible, yet describing a wealth of information. Tanka are untitled and unrhymed and in addition very lyrical.
Just like music, poetry is the language of the soul. Although poetry is subjective, it can still stand out and have a 'wow' factor that makes it different from the general pool. What makes these poems different? What makes poetry really good that they are worth reading over and over again? Perhaps some of these points can help you understand how you may improve your mediocre poems to make a difference.
William Shakespeare lived during the second half of the sixteenth century. He was instrumental in creating the form of poetry called the Sonnet. Between the years 1592 to 1598, Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets. There are some basic features which encompass the science and art of writing a Shakespeare's sonnet; the outline for which is given in this guide.
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