Ten Styles of Tanka – Post 7 – January 26, 2016

Strange Duck_3_small

on the cobbles
the duck went for a stroll
in Malcesine
posing for the tourists
for an evening snack

G.s.k. ‘16


7. Clever treatment – omoshiroki tei, a witty or ingenious treatment of a conventional topic

The style must have been popular because Teika gave 31 poems in his anthology of style examples. This one is by the Archbishop Jien (1155-1225) on the topic of “snow” from the Shinkokinshū, #6:679:

niwa no yuki ni / waga ato tsukete / idetsuru o / towarenikeri to / hito ya miruran

in the snow only
I was in the garden
leaving footprints
will people think someone brought
comfort to my loneliness?

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #66 Teika’s Ten Tanka Techniques by Jane Reichhold

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