The Ten Styles of Tanka – Post One – January 20, 2016

winter morning
walking down this empty path
only silence
memories of summer’s joy
have frozen on the wind

© G.s.k. ‘16

1. Mystery and depth – yūgentei, the image evoking ineffable loneliness (This category is associated mostly with Fujiwara Shunzei (1114-1204) – examples from  Toshiyori:

uzura naku / mano no irie no / hamakaze ni / obananami yoru / aki no yūgure

cries of quail
from the shore of Mano cove
winds blow
waves of plume grass
ripple in autumn dusk

furusato wa / chiru momijiba ni / uzumorete /noki no shinobu ni / akikaze zo fuku

my birthplace
buried under crimson leaves
fallen in the garden
sedge grass from the eaves
melancholy autumn wind


(Today’s episode is dedicated to the Ten Tanka Techniques by the famous Japanese poet Fujiwara no Teika written by by Jane Reichhold on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai,. It seems a shame to write just one tanka for the whole episode but on the other hand to write ten tanka all in one post means no single tanka technique or indeed tanka can be appreciated.  So, I’ve decided to write a tanka dedicated to each technique on separate posts.

For the complete post published by Chèvrefeuille on the ten tanka techniques, which is really extremely interesting, please click on the link above.)


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