Paul Hartal


Tanka about Redemption


We can reject love.
But if we choose not to love
We choose bitterness,
Despair and loneliness.
Our redemption lies in love.

Submitted: Saturday, January 05, 2013

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This verse follows the matrix of the Tanka, a genre of Japanese poetry. The word tanka means "short song". Tanka has a pattern of five lines constructed from 31 phonetic sound units, called ‘on-s'. An on can correspond, but does not necessarily equate to a syllable. The sound units are structured in the five lines this way: 5-7-5-7-7. The modern tanka developed from the classical Japanese romantic song of the waka. Its roots date back to the Heian period,794-1185. The Japanese poet and essayist Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) developed the tanka and the haiku as modern forms of classical Japanese literature.

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