Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tanka Trucks

An armada of steel
Marches along the quiet streets
Screeching brakes break silence
Closing my windows on them
Peace is once again restored.

-Jenn Mossholder, 31 and 3 Productions

NaPoWriMo's Eleventh Day Prompt:  Write a "tanka" style poem.

The history of tanka style is quite interesting. According to our friends at Wikipedia, tanka (tankas?), in Ancient Japan, were a communication between lovers, in place of prose or Shoebox greeting cards and follow a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable stanza pattern.

The Academy of American Poets has a much more eloquent history of the style.  They also explain the arrangement of the "upper poem" (the first two stanzas), the third verse, which is the "turn", and the "lower poem" (the last two stanzas).

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