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English Tanka Poetry – Feelings of Autumn


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English Tanka Poetry – Feelings of Autumn


early autumn sun

shining through the distant mist

throwing dark shadows

in harmony with the air

living in dreamland again

English Tanka Poetry – a Verse that consists of five units, usually in the following pattern of 5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

What is a syllable?

  1. a unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word; for example, there are two syllables in water and three in inferno.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

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Autumn Tanka Poems


Autumn Tanka Poems

sunny sky clouds haze
mellow rich delicate air
autumn whispering
only a sad dream to me
birds migrating crops all gone

autumn leaves falling
returning back to the soil
enriching the earth
preparing for life’s cycling
economical nature

rustle of crisp leaves
drying up in mid autumn
floating all around
calms me in the gentle breeze
memories of younger years

autumn crisp and clear
fall foliage rustling gently
beneath my cool feet
in harmony with my thoughts
with soft whispers rustling by

yellow and golden
falling leaves hide the wide path
spread like a carpet
a time for maturity
harvesting the fruits of life

If you would like to write a Tanka Poem, here is a link to help you.

All About Writing Tanka Poetry, plus 3 Tanka Poems

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