Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Tanka

This week's poem is another cousin of the haiku; a tanka, a five-line form that predates the haiku and generally has a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable structure, although it can be more flexibly interpreted to include 31 syllables spread over five lines or even a pattern of 2-3-2-3-3 accented syllables. Unlike the haiku, which is founded on concrete, literal imagery, the tanka can utilize metaphor, simile, or other figurative language.

This one's a little knitting love poem perfect for a cold winter's day:

I knit you new socks
On the year’s most frigid day
Wrapping you in wool
Is how I still embrace you
When you set foot in the cold

1 Comments:

Blogger R.K.SINGH said...

Hi, may I also invite you to visit my blogs http://rksingh.blogspot.com
and http://profrksingh.blogspot.com
and share your views about my tanka and haiku.
R K

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