100 Poems from the Japanese by Kenneth RexrothThe poems are drawn chiefly from the traditional Manyoshu, Kokinshu and Hyakunin Isshu collections, but there are also examplaes of haiku and other later forms. The sound of the Japanese texts i reproduced in Romaji script and the names of the poets in the calligraphy of Ukai Uchiyama. The translators introduction gives us basic background on the history and nature of Japanese poetry, which is supplemented by notes on the individual poets and an extensive bibliography.
The Garden of Words - A Collection of Tankas
Forms of Japanese Tanka poetry and examples of famous poems
Tanka has been considered the most important form and the oldest style of Japanese poetry. It dates back to the s. This verse consists of five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables whose intent is to focus the reader's attention on a single event, or image and the mood that is associated with it. If that syllables reminds you of the haiku, that makes sense. The haiku form developed from the tanka.
Behind the screen, Ito Shinshui - Japanese poetic forms. Many a person who is interested in the culture of Japan, will get into touch with the Japanese poetic forms. Of these poetic forms the haiku is the best-known. It is an ultimate compact poem of three lines, consisting of seventeen 'syllables'. Although the poem is divided syllables it essentially consists of one line.
Although haiku is famous as traditional Japanese poetry throughout the world, Tanka that has more years history than haiku. Tanka has been closely attached to the lives of people and loved by them still today beyond the years. It is longer than haiku by the last two syllables. The format and rules of haiku poetry. Originally it was one of the kinds of Waka poetry.