Poetry Description:

 A Tanka is a Japanese poem consisting of 5 lines with 31 syllables. These poems are usually, but not always about nature. It is similar to a haiku.



Applications for History Class:

            A Tanka can be used to describe a person, event, geography, or experience of the period being studied. Art projects go very well with this type of poem.



1st line 5 syllables

2nd line 7 syllables

3rd line 5 syllables

4th line 7 syllable

5th line 7 syllables




A man meditates

Under a large friendly tree

Thinking about life

Learning about suffering

Buddha understands our pain