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How to write a tanka poem

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How to write a tanka poem

  1. 1. By: Cheryl Strother GCU TEC-539 Digital Media in Education
  2. 2. <ul><li>Tanka is an ancient form of Japanese poetry </li></ul><ul><li>It is older than a Haiku </li></ul><ul><li>It is usually used for a special event or to provoke a strong feeling </li></ul><ul><li>Each line consists of one image and the whole thing together completes one thought </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>It consist of five lines </li></ul><ul><li>It has 31 syllables </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The first line is five syllables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The second line is seven syllables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The third line is five syllables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The fourth and fifth are both seven syllables </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Tankas are usually used to evoke a strong emotion or mark a special event </li></ul><ul><li>First thing you have to decide is the theme for the Tanka </li></ul><ul><li>Then Brainstorm about all the feelings and images that you associate with that theme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: day at the beach – warm, water, hot, fun, sand, wind, seashells, waves, surf, riptides, towels, and umbrellas. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Think about how you felt and what you di </li></ul><ul><li>Take your words and start arranging them in the 5-7-5-7-7 pattern </li></ul><ul><li>Congratulations! You have just written your first Tanka! </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The Beach </li></ul><ul><li>Hot Sand my toes squish </li></ul><ul><li>Sun did shine down upon me </li></ul><ul><li>Red, my skin did get </li></ul><ul><li>My day at the beach is done </li></ul><ul><li>Tomorrow, another one </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>http://www.edu.pe.ca/stjean/playing%20with%20poetry/Hennessey/how_to_write_a_tanka_poem.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.americantanka.com/about.html </li></ul>

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