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Tanka

Tanka (Japanese = short poem)

31 syllable mood poem – often about love, life, nature and change.

Uses strong images, metaphors and personification.

No rhymes, no title.

Form:

Line 1 – 2 syllables

Line 2 – 3 syllables

Line 3 – 2 syllables

Line 4 – 3 syllables

Line 5 – 3 syllables