Different Forms of Japanese Poetry #haiku #Japanesepoetry #tanka #haibun #waka #Senryu #renga

Japanese poetry has several different forms, including:

Haiku: A traditional form of poetry consisting of 17 syllables in three lines, typically with a 5-7-5 syllable count. Haiku generally focus on nature and the changing seasons.

Some examples of haiku created by me

Cherry blossoms bloom
Soft pink petals fall like snow
Spring has come once more

Autumn leaves rustle
Dancing in the chilly breeze
Nature’s symphony

Mountain peak stands tall
Covered in a cloak of mist
Mystery unfolds

Ocean waves crash on shore
Endless horizon stretches
Peaceful serenity

Sun sets in the west
Golden rays light up the sky
Goodbye to the day

Tanka: A traditional form of poetry consisting of 31 syllables in five lines, typically with a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable count. Tanka often focus on personal emotions and experiences.

Different Forms of Japanese Poetry #haiku #Japanesepoetry #tanka #haibun #waka #Senryu #renga

Here are a few examples of tanka, a traditional form of Japanese poetry:

Cherry blossoms bloom,
Fragrant petals falling fast,
Spring’s ephemeral charm.

  1. The moon on the lake,
    Reflecting in the still water,
    A perfect mirror.

The autumn leaves fall,
Drifting to the forest floor,
Nature’s symphony.

The snow on the mount,
A blanket of white serenity,
Winter’s peaceful hush.

The morning mist rises,
Veiling the fields in mystery,
Nature’s canvas unfolds.

Waka: A traditional form of poetry consisting of 31 syllables in five lines, typically with a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable count. Waka is similar to tanka but is more formal, and often used in court literature.

Waka is a form of classical Japanese poetry, also known as tanka. Here are a few examples of waka:

“Yukashiki yo no / naka ni wa kare-koyuru / yume no ato zo / nokoranu kokoro ni / yosete wa kaesan”

“Within the night of snow, / The remnants of dreams / Remain in my heart / And return again.”

“Akikaze ni / fukinukeru koro ni wa / yamaji no hana / sakura no hana yori mo / utsukushiku naru”

“When the autumn wind / Blows through, / The mountain path flowers / Are more beautiful / Than cherry blossoms.”

“Futatsu no kumo / tsuki ni yoru kage ni / ariake wo / hito ni mo wakarete / tada hitori baya”

“Two clouds / in the moonlit night / the shadow of one / separated from everyone else / just alone”

Senryu: A form of poetry similar to haiku, but with a focus on human nature and emotions rather than nature.

Examples of Senryu :

1.A lonely night
Thoughts of you fill my head
A longing heart aches

2.The summer breeze blows
Carrying your memory away
Leaving me behind

3.Silence all around
The faint sound of your laughter
Fading in the air

4.Your touch lingers still
Though you are far away now
My heart still holds you close

5.The storm rages on
My tears fall like raindrops
Empty without you here

Haibun: A form of poetry that combines prose and haiku, often used to convey the atmosphere of a scene or to tell a story.

Example of Haibun:

The moon rises above the tree line, casting a silver light across the horizon.

The night sky is a blanket of stars, stretching out to eternity. I sit in awe, captivated by the serene beauty.

My mind is a stillness, and my heart feels full and content. I turn away from the night sky, with a newfound appreciation and understanding.


The Moon’s Glow
Silver light falls across the horizon,
casting a spell of peace and serenity.
The night sky is a blanket of stars,
eternal and boundless.
My heart is filled with contentment,
my mind free from all turmoil.
I turn away from the night sky,
grateful for the calming beauty of the moon’s glow.

Renga: A collaborative form of poetry in which one poet writes a haiku, then another poet writes a tanka in response, and so on, creating a linked verse poem.


The morning mist lies in wait
As the sun creeps over the ridge
The dewdrops glimmer in the light
A chorus of birds fills the sky

The smell of freshly cut grass
Floats on the breeze of the spring
The woodlands whisper secrets
A butterfly flits by in flight

The thunder roars in the distance
The rain begins to fall
Blanketing the land in despair
The petals of the cherry blossom drift away.




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One response to “Different Forms of Japanese Poetry #haiku #Japanesepoetry #tanka #haibun #waka #Senryu #renga”

  1. poetisatinta Avatar

    Great post I love Japanese poetry sentiments said beautifully often in a few words 💕

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