Today’s poetry blog introduces the tanka. This form of Japanese poetry has existed nearly 1,200 years. It’s similar to a haiku. It has five lines with thirty one syllables total. The lines are broken into the following format: 5/7/5/7/7. It can be about nature, seasons, or a manner of strong emotions. I’m going to compose one here:
Beneath the water
Hid with Grendel’s kin
Waiting for their next morsel
Any taste of flesh would do
These are a fun and easy way to express yourself poetically.
Now you try one!
Before we go, I’m sharing some pictures of the inside of Beowulf: The Midgard Epic special edition with illustrations. Enjoy!
James Matthew Byers resides in Wellington, Alabama with his wife, kids, a dog named after an elf, and two tortoises. He has been published in poetry journals and through Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL, where he received his Master’s in 2010. His epic poem, Beowulf: The Midgard Epic, is out now from Stitched Smile Publications, LLC. He also has a short story featured in their upcoming release, Unleashed: Monsters Vs. Zombies. Recently, two of his poems won Prose’s weekly challenge.
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