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How to write specific forms:
Haibun. Haiku. Hay(na)ku. Rengay. Tanka.
Concrete. Ghazal. Lai. Pantoum. Prose poem. Rondeau. Rubáiyát.
Sestina. Skaldic verse. Sonnet. Terza rima. Triolet. Tritina. Villanelle.
Babette Deutsch. The Beowulf Poet. Billy Collins. Billy Collins exercise.
Snorri's Edda. Carl Dennis. Charles Atkinson. Chase Twichell. Corey Marks.
François Villon. Franz Wright. Galway Kinnell. Gary Young. The Gawain Poet.
Jack Gilbert. James Tate. Jane Hirshfield. Jean Vengua. Jorie Graham.
J. Zimmerman. J. Zimmerman (haiku). J. Zimmerman (tanka). Karen Braucher. Karl Shapiro. Kay Ryan.
Laureate Poets: Britain; USA.
Len Anderson. Les Murray. Li-Young Lee. Linda Pastan. Louise Glück.
Mary Oliver. May Sarton. Nordic Skalds. Pulitzer Poetry Prize (U.S.A). Richard Hugo. Robert Bly.
Sappho. Sara Teasdale. Shiki (haiku). Snorri's Edda. Stephen Dunn.
Takuboku, Ishikawa. Ted Kooser. W.S. Merwin. Women: 100 poems.
Books of Poetry (alphabetical). Time Line. Books.
Attributes of his tanka:
|5 plus 7|
|5 plus 7|
These tanka were immediately popular.
His content is a relief from the sweetness of too many tanka.
|Poems To Eat (1998 translation by Carl Sesar).|
In his introduction, Sesar writes that Takuboku's style is to have each tanka be:
|a strict report of events taking place in one's emotional life ... a straightforward diary. This means it's going to be fragmentary, it can't have a unity or a coherence.|
Literary critic Donald Keene writes (on the rear cover):
|The original texts are among the most popular poems ever composed in Japan, and yet Sesar renders them so perfectly in language and feeling that one might think this was a collection of his own poetry. This book is the best possible introduction to Takuboku — and to his translator.|
Sesar translates with extremely short lines so a syllabic Westerner might "consider" them senryu. But they seem so rich that I am content to call them tanka as that is what Takubuku called them.
|just staring / at that / cloudy sky / I feel like / killing someone|
|got five blocks / that's all -- / tried walking / like someone / with something to do|
See Takuboku at wikipedia for more info.
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