Ten Styles of Tanka – Post 8 – January 27, 2016

Malcesine Castle_small

the cold moon
illuminates the clouds
high over the lake
but not even the moon
can illuminate closed minds

G.s.k. ‘16

 

8. Novel treatment – hitofushi aru tei, Using an unusual or original poetic conception

Among the 26 examples is the poem by Fujiwara Motozane (ca 950) from the Shinkokinshū, #11:1060:

namidagawa / mi mo uku bakari / nagaruedo / kienu wa hito no / omoi narikeri

a river of tears
floats my body off
on its current
but it cannot quell the fire
you have set in my heart

 

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

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