Thank you to Diane at Random Noodling for hosting Poetry Friday this week!
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In my poetry presentations next week, I will be introducing elementary school students to different types of poetry and then they will write their own winter- or holiday-themed poems. This presentation is one of my favorites and includes poems about different December holidays and the winter season. I look forward to sharing these poems with the kids every year!
One of the types of poetry we will be exploring next week is the Japanese tanka. A tanka is similar to a haiku (but longer) and is also a poetic format that originated in Japan. Tanka poetry follows a 5/7/5/7/7 syllable format and was created to allow deeper emotional exploration than is possible within the shorter 5/7/5 syllables of haiku poetry. Below is an example of a Christmas tanka that I wrote to share with the children.
If you enjoy writing haiku (which I LOVE!), try writing a tanka poem today. It is a fun challenge and a great way to stretch your poetry-writing muscles!
I hope you are enjoying all the fun festivities that December has to offer. Have a beautiful holiday season, and Happy Writing!
Hi Becky! I LOVE tanka! It's great that you're introducing it to students. Best of luck on your presentation!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, BJ!Delete
Starting a new yearReplyDelete
is like taking a chisel
to a marble block --
day by day you shave slivers
of stone to shape a sculpture.
Happy New Year!
Tabatha, as usual you make writing beautiful poetry look effortless--although I know it is anything BUT! Thanks so much for sharing this!Delete
Tanka is fun to write. Have a great session with the kids--thanks for sharing your love of poetry.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Diane! :-)Delete
Sounds like you have a fun session planned for the students. Enjoyed your festive tanka. :)ReplyDelete
I imagine that the tanka is more helpful to students writing this way, Becky, and it will be fun to read what they do after your presentation. I hope you'll share!ReplyDelete
I plan to share soon! We had so much fun!Delete
Enjoy yourself. I know the students will have fun and love writing their poems.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Joan! <3Delete
I'm writing haiku this month, but I do want to try writing some tanka. I love your Christmas one. I hope the students enjoy reading and writing them, too.ReplyDelete
Haiku is still my favorite poetic format, but tanka is now a close second. :-)Delete
Terrific example for your students--love all the details you've included in your tanka.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Buffy!Delete
I'm imagining a cat as the speaker for your tanka!ReplyDelete
That is hilarious, Mary Lee, and puts a whole different spin on it!Delete
I enjoyed your tanka and would love to hear how your class enjoyed writing them.ReplyDelete
I will share soon, Janice. It went really well!Delete
Sounds like fun topics to use for poetry. I don't think I have ever written a tanka. Thanks for sharing. :)ReplyDelete