Forms of Japanese Poetry

Japanese poetry is rich beyond imagination.

poetry1The Japanese are known for being prolific literary authors. Their texts, which come in all kinds, are too many to count. Also, these texts are also known for being particularly difficult. The long history of Japan has led to all the texts that it has managed to produce, as well as a particularity in these texts that makes it quite difficult to analyze them.

Nevertheless, the act of analyzing Japanese literature in general and Japanese poetry in particular does lead to specific rewards, such as the ability to understand the richness and depth of their works. There is a special quality to these works which also gives you a perspective by which you can view Japanese culture as a whole. You can take a break from spending too much time on the “gratis datingsite” or free dating websites and take time to explore Japanese poetry.

 

 

Four Possible Forms of Japanese Poetry

poetry2The first form is the kanshi. The Kanshi, which literally means “Han poetry”, is the Japanese term for Chinese poetry in general as well as the poetry written in Chinese by Japanese poets. Kanshi from the early Heian period exists in the Kaifūsō anthology, compiled in 751.

The second form is the waka. Waka are composed in Japanese, and are contrasted with poetry composed by Japanese poets in Classical Chinese, which are known as kanshi. Thus, Waka has the general meaning of “poetry in Japanese”, as opposed to the kanshi “poetry in Chinese”. However it must be remembered that waka is also sometimes used in the more specific and restrictive sense of poetry which is in Japanese and which is also in the tanka form.

The third form is the tanka. Very simply, tanka are poems written in Japanese, composed of five lines having a 5-7-5-7-7 metre. The tanka form has gained some popularity these days, especially in the modern times, primarily because of its formulaic composition. As previously stated, it used to be called waka.

The fourth form is the haiku, which is a short, 3-line verse form, which have achieved significant global popularity, and the haiku form has been adapted from Japanese into other languages. Typical of the haiku form is the metrical pattern of 3 lines with a distribution of 5, 7, and 5 on (also known as morae) within those lines.

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