Gardens In My Mind

Gardens in my Mind

This is my first effort at writing a Tanka poem.  Not my best, but learning is fun!   A Tanka poem is similar to a Haiku poem although it contains 5 lines with a syllable count for each line as such:  5/7/5/7/7 = 31 syllables.  Tanka poems use simile, metaphor and personification to enhance the words.

Tanka poems are one of the more ancient types of poetry found in Japan.  They were created in the seventh century and were one of the most favored types of poetry found in the Japanese Imperial Court.

Explore poetry any way you can.  Ronovan Writes does a Weekly Haiku Challenge that is open to everyone.  In addition, Ron shared an excellent website to assist in the writing of poetry called “The Syllable Dictionary.”  This site will actually count the syllables for you.  If you like music and sing all the words to your favorite songs then you probably would love writing poetry.  Give it a try!


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