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How to write Tanka poem

February 18, 2013

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. 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. Look at the 2 tanka poems
below. With yourpartner, find
the words and phrases that
areconnected to one of your
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