How to Write a Senryu Poem in English

Senryu poems are written much the same as a Haiku poem in English. Senryu takes the form of three nonrhyming lines written in a 5/7/5 syllable count written in the present tense. At this point, I can hear your thoughts… So, what's the difference between a Haiku and a Senryu? Penandthepad.com states: "Many traditional senryu … Continue reading How to Write a Senryu Poem in English

Tanka on haiku – questioning the rules of beauty

Sue shares her thoughts on writing the Japanese poetry forms. I stand corrected – she brings up excellent points about diction and pronunciation in British English vs. American English. I accept that some poets write in their native language which is then translated into English. The syllable count may be off because of the differences in language. I have no problems with this. The poetry challenge was started to share our love of poetry while learning about the different forms. Please write your poetry with your particular syllable count as close to the 5/7/5 format as possible. If you are not spot on, don’t worry. Creativity should be allowed to flourish. That works for me. Thank you, Sue, for sharing your thoughts. ❤

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

There are many set forms of poetic structure. Books and websites abound, setting out the rules of form and content that allow us to label our work and provide a framework in which to explore a concent. The very stringency of these forms, where rhyme schemes, syllable counts and even content are dictated give us a measure against which we can be judged, and many will judge on the slightest deviance from the accepted norm.

I enjoy writing haiku. The ‘midnight haiku’ I started publishing a couple of years ago now have become a staple feature of the blog and I think I have missed no more than a couple of days in that time to illness. I like the constraints imposed by the widely accepted ‘English form’ of the poem; seventeen syllables in a 5-7-5 pattern leave no room for extraneous thoughts, but give plenty of space to explore…

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Her Life’s Defining Moment – A Tanka

The RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #105 words for this week are "Time & Grow." I am going to spread my wings a bit and write a Tanka poem instead of a Haiku. You can always spot a Tanka because it has five lines with syllables in each line accordingly: 5/7/5/7/7. Here is my … Continue reading Her Life’s Defining Moment – A Tanka

Contours of a Broken Heart – A Tanka

Did you ever wonder what a tanka poem was? As an example, here is one I wrote some time ago. A close cousin to the Haiku, Tanka are a Japanese poetry form which contains 31 syllables in total. There are five lines with 5/7/5/7/7 syllables accordingly, in each line of the poem. Poets.org shares: "One … Continue reading Contours of a Broken Heart – A Tanka