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Short-Form Poetry. Haikus, Tankas, and Limericks. Haikus. Haikus are a form of Japanese poetry. Haikus have 17 syllables. The pattern is: Line 1 – 5 syllables Line 2 – 7 syllables Line 3 – 5 syllables In haikus, there is no need for rhyme. Haikus are typically about nature.

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short form poetry

Short-Form Poetry

Haikus, Tankas, and Limericks

haikus
Haikus
  • Haikus are a form of Japanese poetry.
  • Haikus have 17 syllables.
  • The pattern is:
    • Line 1 – 5 syllables
    • Line 2 – 7 syllables
    • Line 3 – 5 syllables
  • In haikus, there is no need for rhyme.
  • Haikus are typically about nature.
haiku example
Haiku Example
  • A bad example:
    • Haikus are easy
    • But sometimes they don’t make sense
    • Refrigerator
  • A good example:
    • The red blossom bends
    • And drips its dew to the ground
    • Like a tear it falls
tankas
Tankas
  • Tankas are also a form of Japanese poetry.
  • Tankas have 31 syllables.
  • The pattern is:
    • Line 1 – 5 syllables
    • Line 2 – 7 syllables
    • Line 3 – 5 syllables
    • Line 4 – 7 syllables
    • Line 5 – 7 syllables
  • Tankas also do not rhyme.
  • Tankas are typically about nature, seasons, love, sadness, or emotions in general.
tanka example
Tanka Example
  • Beautiful mountains
  • Rivers with cold, cold water
  • White cold snow on rocks
  • Trees over the place with frost
  • White sparkly snow everywhere
limericks
Limericks
  • Limericks are an English/Irish form of poetry.
  • Limericks consist of five lines, each of which follow a specific rhythm.
  • Limericks also follow a rhyme scheme.
  • The structure is as follows (written to emphasize the rhythm)
    • Line 1 – da DUM dada DUM dada DUM (A)
    • Line 2 – da DUM dada DUM dada DUM (A)
    • Line 3 – dada DUM dada DUM (B)
    • Line 4 – dada DUM dada DUM (B)
    • Line 5 – da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM (or da DUM)(A)
limerick example
Limerick Example
  • There was an old man from Peru, (A)
  • da DUM dada DUM dada DUM
  • Who dreamed he was eat- ing his shoe. (A)
  • da DUM dada DUM dada DUM
  • He a- woke in the night, (B)
  • dada DUM dada DUM
  • With a ter- ri- ble fright, (B)
  • dada DUM dada DUM
  • And found out that it was quite true. (A)
  • da da DUM da da DUM da DUM
your assignment
Your Assignment
  • Write one of each type of poem:
    • Haiku
    • Tanka
    • Limerick
  • Please write all of your poems on a single sheet of paper. Use multiple columns, or write on the back of the sheet if necessary.
  • Poems are due on Friday, January 18.