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Tanka poems

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Tanka poems

  1. 1. • A tanka is a 5 line poem that uses strong images to establish a mood. – A tanka focuses on the 5 senses. – Example: • Along the beach footprints fill with the sea fill with the sea until they disappear leaving only sand, only sea.
  2. 2. Tanka poems follow the followingpattern:Line 1: 5 syllablesLine 2: 7 syllablesLine 3: 5 syllablesLine 4: 7 syllablesLine 5: 7 syllablesDid you notice that the pattern is similar to a haiku poem? Both areJapanese forms of poetry.
  3. 3. Look at the 2 tanka poems below. With yourpartner, find the words and phrases that areconnected to one of your senses.
  4. 4. 1. Choose a scene or place you would liketo write about.2. Visit the scene in your imagination, andbe alert to your five senses.3. Write five lines using the tanka pattern,making sure to describe the scene withyour senses.

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