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Friday, 7 July 2017

Waka and Tanka, Japanese Poetry; Waka (和歌, "Japanese poem"); Senryu Examples



Waka - 和歌, "Japanese poem"


Terms discussed with Kyoko and Yoshinori.


"Peace and Harmony"!


What are Haiku, Senryu and Tanka?


Tanka


Four humorous or ironical Senryu poems, translated by R. H. Blyth ("Japanese Life and Character in Senryu"):


1.

He may be her cousin, of course,
But he comes very often
When the master's away on a  journey.

2.

Knowing she was mad on me
Fifty years
Afterwards.

(Kenkabo)

3.

What a beautiful character!
He gives up his seat to someone, -
When he gets off.

(Ryusei)

4.

After the greetings are over,
He becomes
Cold-eyed again.

(Tokan)



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