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What is a Tanka poem ?
« on: May 03, 2021, 02:13:38 PM »
A tanka [poem] is a Japanese poem consisting of five lines, the first and third of which have five syllables and the other seven, making 31 syllables in all and giving a complete picture of an event or mood.

Going by the definition of 'tanka' I wrote this [my first tanka poem]:

1 With love in his eyes  5
2 he drew me closer to him 7
3 I took a deep breath 5
4 As our lips moved hunger-ly 7
5 to the taste of our first kiss.7


With  1
love  1
in    1
his   1
eyes  1
      5 syllables

he     1
drew   1
me     1
closer 2
to     1
him    1
       7 syllables


I       1
took    1
a       1
deep    1
breath  1
        5 syllables

as            1
our          1
lips          1
moved     1
hunger-ly 3
          7 syllables


to      1
the    1
taste  1
of      1
our    1
first   1
kiss   1
       7 syllables

TOTAL SYLLABLES :31

This link is great for finding the number of syllables in a word, or sentence: https://syllablecounter.net/count

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