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  1. Date: 10/17/2012 1:32:00 PM
    Hi Su! Great information about the tanka form in your blog! I wish I had read it sooner because the poems I have been writing as practice for the contest would have been much better! Back to the writing board to see if I can redo the poems to come up with one good one! Blessings ~ Sara

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 11:39:00 PM
    HOpe to do this one soon, my friend.

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 2:28:00 PM
    Extremely informative, Suzette...I have become fascinated with this form...still practicing and learning! - Tim

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 12:49:00 PM
    Wow... you can be VERY informative... keep it up.

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 10:23:00 AM
    Regarding what I think about whether metaphor adds or detracts:[ observed scene to the emotion/reflection] if we consider part 1 [the first 3 lines haiku] then we stay in objective mode [for me..my decision] with the space left for the reader by the cut between phrase and thought letting the reader have his/her own experience..THEN with part 2 the 2/longer lines where subjectivity and emotion is added by the poet..there I would see no harm in the use of metaphor? Am I making any sense?

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 10:07:00 AM
    If you read my poem, Grass, you will see what I mean by using indentation (opposed to centering or having it flush against the left margin). It would not have had the same effect.

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 9:23:00 AM
    Thanks for an informative blog.

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 9:16:00 AM
    Very good blog on the form Tanka.Hope to post a tanka for the contest.

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 7:04:00 AM
    Chasing the Dragon// blank eyes staring back at me// my being constrict// the yen become unbearable// illusions only escape// Now would anyone, beside myself, know what the Dickens I am talking about? So, let us keep it simple. There are numerous websites devoted to poetry forms. Love, Su

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 6:48:00 AM
    Nearly all Japanese syllables consist of a single vowel, or consonant plus vowel. As the language has only five vowels, rhyming is too simple to be interesting, hence Japanese poetry does not depend on rhyme. There are no poetic stress accents, so metre based on stress is not possible, either. Instead, traditional Japanese poetry is given rhythm by writing to a pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 sub-units or sound sets, with varying breath pauses being made when read aloud. Japanese is an agglutinative language which strings together shorter elements to create long, sometimes complex, word and phrase formations.

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 6:46:00 AM
    From my blog:"A few variations appear simply to be matters of the poet’s own taste, or purely cosmetic, such as the centering of lines. Other fundamental elements of structure are also at work, creating tension and interplay of form with content. These have to do with cadence, rhythm, accents, or stresses, the use of end-stopped lines or rhetorical line breaks, caesuras within lines and phrases, enjambment, juxtaposition of images, or a pairing of distinct strophe-antistrophe components within the poem. These elements—not the number of syllables in a line—are the decisive elements in tanka structure as written in English. THAT is why I'm keeping it simple.I hope this sets your mind at rest"

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 6:25:00 AM
    I have been study more on this form and I have not seen any one exclude a particular poetic device, why would metaphor be excluded? metaphor is injecting a subjective opinion on the noted scene. [How about the rest of the devices simile, alliteration, assonance?]

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 4:11:00 AM
    Hey Suzette, just so we're clear - you've explained the importance of the pivotal line - does it mean that in your examples, the line 'splintering shadows' ceases to be the pivotal line in your second example?

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Goodbye Soupers - with Omar Khayyam
Date Posted: 5/19/2013 1:42:00 AM
THAT'S WHAT YOU MEANT TO ME
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Happy Mother's Day
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PARADISE LOST results
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The Gag Factor
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My Perspective ...
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The Face of PoetrySoup
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ROUNDEL CONTEST UPDATE
Date Posted: 5/5/2013 3:20:00 PM
America's first settlers resorted to cannibalism
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HAPPY MAY DAY
Date Posted: 5/1/2013 2:03:00 AM
I DID IT MY WAY
Date Posted: 4/30/2013 10:17:00 PM
MOST AWFUL by Caleb Smith
Date Posted: 4/25/2013 12:35:00 PM
WORLD BOOK DAY, 23 April - Birth and Death of Shakespeare
Date Posted: 4/23/2013 3:16:00 AM
You are what you read - ROUNDEL CONTEST UPDATE
Date Posted: 4/22/2013 1:43:00 AM
GOLDEN AUTUMN
Date Posted: 4/19/2013 4:00:00 AM
DON'T ANALYSE IT, DON'T ASK OTHERS TO ANALYSE IT
Date Posted: 4/18/2013 1:09:00 AM
Suzanne Delaney and Suzette Crous
Date Posted: 4/11/2013 1:28:00 AM
ROUNDEL - PARADISE LOST
Date Posted: 4/8/2013 8:02:00 AM
GROOK contest finalized
Date Posted: 4/8/2013 3:17:00 AM
Suzette Poet and Author - new website
Date Posted: 4/7/2013 2:17:00 AM
GIBBETING
Date Posted: 4/5/2013 1:34:00 AM
Goodbye
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INFLUENCES ON OUR POETRY
Date Posted: 3/31/2013 11:44:00 PM
WHO IS THE POET? - No 4 - EASTER EGG HUNT - So far - - -
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WHO IS THE POET? - No 4 - EASTER EGG HUNT
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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
11/29/2014 2010 - THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER Rhymechristmas,daughter,
11/25/2014 THE NEMOPHILIST Versenature,
11/24/2014 CHRISTMAS TREE POETRY Concretechristmas,poetry,
11/2/2014 GENTLE CARE Tail-rhymeangel,bible,care,health,i
11/2/2014 PETRICHOR Versehow i feel,nature,passion
10/26/2014 WHERE DO BIRDS GO WHEN THEY DIE Free versebible,fantasy,lost love,s
10/25/2014 Mother's Chicken Pie Epulaeryufood,
10/22/2014 MASSACRE OF MINEWORKERS Versedeath,
10/19/2014 Cagn Tankaafrica,animal,god,nature,
10/19/2014 GARDEN TABLEAU Versenature,
9/15/2014 I HAD A DREAM --- Terzanelleabuse,
8/19/2014 AN ALLEY CAT Footlehumor,humorous,
8/11/2014 LIFE'S A CLICHE Coupletlife,
7/28/2014 COLLATERAL DAMAGE Rhymechild,children,death,
7/27/2014 If God is walking by our side Coupletdaughter,
7/25/2014 FREE FROM MOOD Blitzintrospection,
7/24/2014 Language, per se - LGT Coupletlanguage,
7/22/2014 Time Suzette Primedeath,life,philosophy,
7/6/2014 IN THE FOREST Verseafrica,allegory,baby,natu
7/2/2014 WHEN THE FINAL BELL TOLLS - Inspired by the RUBAIYAT, of Omar Khayyam Rhymephilosophy,
6/16/2014 WINTER Haikuallegory,seasons,winter,
6/7/2014 SIJO meets COUNTRY and WESTERN Sijolonely,longing,lost love,
5/25/2014 moths flit Monokuanalogy,nature,
5/23/2014 Not haiku Senryuanalogy,humor,humorous,
5/22/2014 HEADNOTE Haikuhistory,poetry,
5/18/2014 IN SILENCE LAYS THE ANSWER Sonnetallegory,philosophy,poets
5/13/2014 the cherry blossom Haikuspring,
5/13/2014 BRIDGE TOO FAR Versemythology,
5/11/2014 HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY Tankamothers day,
5/5/2014 tears of this veld Sijohero,longing,memory,natur
5/5/2014 TO A NUNNERY, GO Free versemarriage,men,women,
5/5/2014 scorpion Haikunature,
4/14/2014 DESMOND MPILO TUTU - Itty Bitty poem Clerihewhumorous,
3/31/2014 SWEET TASTE OF LOVE In memory of Linda-marie Sweet-heart Suzette Primebereavement,death,dedicat
3/27/2014 CHAOS - SUZETTE PRIME Suzette Primephilosophy,
3/26/2014 Bises-moi Concretelove,lust,travel,
3/25/2014 Eulogies Versedeath,philosophy,
3/24/2014 She Has Never Owned My Heart Suzette Primelost love,
3/21/2014 arthritis Tankaage,family,mother daughte
3/14/2014 THE DATE Rhymelove,marriage,
3/7/2014 GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE Free verselove,philosophy,poets,
3/7/2014 My Legacy Suzette Primefaith,god,life,poems,poet
9/6/2013 ILLUMINATE Suzette Primephilosophy,
8/18/2013 Tigers Living Free Monorhymeanimal,
7/25/2013 SUZETTE PRIME Footlepoetry,
7/22/2013 WHERE THE MOMENT LIES Suzette Primephilosophy,sea,sky,
7/20/2013 DREAM ON A GATE Pantoumclothes,dream,drink,emoti
7/19/2013 Et in Arcadia ego Rhymewife,wisdom,woman,women,
7/19/2013 THE REASON WHY THE WORLD IS FLAT Rhymeanalogy,books,computer,ed
7/15/2013 Crocodile Kentucky Limerickfood,humor,humorous,
7/14/2013 PERSPIRATION Free versegiggle,humor,humorous,
7/14/2013 Forget-me-not Rhymebetrayal,innocence,lost l
7/13/2013 STAYING ALIVE Limerickdance,humor,humorous,sens
7/8/2013 Midnight Lover Limerickfunny,humor,humorous,lust
7/6/2013 Vinnie, VD, Vichy- Sonnetfunny,humor,humorous,lang
7/5/2013 YOU WALK ON BY Trioletdesire,
7/3/2013 MILDEWED EXPECTATIONS Free verseheartbroken,son,
7/2/2013 Barack Hussein Obama II Clerihewafrica,america,animal,bla
6/29/2013 CHAOS Free versephilosophy,
6/29/2013 THE FOUNDLINGS Rhyme royalanimal,child,joy,youth,
6/23/2013 Amber Sijometaphor,nature,philosoph
5/4/2013 A Twisted Tree Haikunature,philosophy,
5/1/2013 RUSH Versenature,
4/26/2013 TYPEWRITER Narrativenostalgia,
4/20/2013 What is in a Name Coupletfamily,,granddaughter,
4/19/2013 Gray Haikubeach,
4/18/2013 CYCLE OF LIFE Suzette Primehope,introspection,
4/10/2013 The Wedding Dress Quatrainurban,wedding,
4/9/2013 The Tree of Knowledge Versephilosophy,religious,tree
4/9/2013 WHITE ROSES Tankawedding,
4/9/2013 TABLE MOUNTAIN Quintellaafrica,dedication,nature,
4/5/2013 The Hike Haikunature,
3/31/2013 ALBATROSS and PRECIOUS GOLD Quaternallegory,introspection,me
3/28/2013 T Woods Limerickhumorous,satire,
3/24/2013 QUANTUM PHYSICS Abecedarianscience,
3/22/2013 AFRIKAANS and ENGLISH TANKA Tankaintrospection,
3/21/2013 LEXICON OF MY POEMS Abecedarianon writing and words,old,
3/18/2013 Andrea Dietrich Clerihewdedication,
3/18/2013 Alternating --- Zanies ABCphilosophy,
3/17/2013 POETS ON POETRY Abecedarianon writing and words,phil
3/17/2013 Swift Terns Tankafreedom,nature,
3/16/2013 A ZANY Suzette Primephilosophy,
3/14/2013 REREDOS Tankaautumn,metaphor,passion,r
3/1/2013 WISDOM STRING Verseallegory,hope,inspiration
2/22/2013 THEN UNDERSTAND Free verseinspirational,introspecti
2/22/2013 INNOCENCE Verseinspirational,
2/18/2013 Spoonbills Haikunature,spring,
2/16/2013 A Blue Tit Monokunature,
2/16/2013 Steps Haikunature,winter,
2/15/2013 Patience is the Essence of Life Sestinaintrospection,life,philos
2/12/2013 The Perfect Woman Versededication,love,wife,woma
2/12/2013 A Perfect Woman Versededication,love,wife,woma
2/11/2013 TRYING Grooksatire,
2/9/2013 Water Droplets Haikunature,summer,
2/7/2013 The Shambles, York Kimohistory,time,winter,
2/7/2013 It Depends which Wolf - - - Kimoallegory,introspection,ph
2/7/2013 Snails Haikunature,
1/31/2013 It's Pledged Coupletlost love,love,relationsh
1/31/2013 Collage of Wisdom on an Angel Wing Verseon writing and words,writ
1/31/2013 Your Time is not My Time Limerickhistory,nature,science,

My Photos


Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
As Raindrops Fall Lyriclife,love,philosophy,visi
The Shadow of Me Free verseintrospectionme,age,old,t
As Canvas Weeps Tankaart
Through the Winter Cold he Rode Villanellelove,winter,
Seasons to wonder Rhymenature,seasons,me,winter,
The Loss of Wisdom Quaternintrospection,loss,people
Autumn Love Acrosticlove,
Pseudonym Free verseallegory,hope,introspecti
swarm of dragonflies Haikuart,nature,
Dying Rose Haikudevotion,
Jokers Lament Senryufunny,life,
Distant Thunder - A Shan-zi Poem Free versenature,
Captive Bird - 12 Bars 12 Dreams Rhyme 
'Peace when needed' Free versefriendship,hope,life,lost
Wearied Wanderlust Rondeaulove,
The Allure of Your Lips Quaternpassion,romance,visionary
'Warfare' Verseangst,depression,fear,
Invitation to the Dance Free verseallegory,
TUNES OF WAVES Rhymemusic,nature,ocean,
Beauty of Nature Haikunature,
DARE WE Quatrainfunny,me,
Wayward Child Pantoumage,dark,introspection,li
Do You Remember Free verse 
Nette Onclaud, Princess to be Queen Quatrainhistory,people,places
Ewmer Fudd and Buggs Bunny Paint the Town Wed Coupletfunny,life,
Yesterdays Free verseangst,
When Tomorrow Dawns Verselife,garden,
paper boat Haikuhope,
The Ivy and The Brick Villanelleallegory,heart,red,heart,
Haste Quintain (Sicilian)faith,fear,introspection,
Crickets' Call Rhymenature,time,love,
Dream of Dawn Constanza Rhymenostalgia,flower,flower,r
Drawing on Time Versededication,faith,life,may
MY QUIET PLACE, SOFT Versespace,
Shadow Puppets Verselove,
The Greatest Love Story Quatrainlove,words,body,love,
After my death Epigramsad,
Her Epitaph Epigramdeath,nostalgia,
Between the Stingers Villanellelost love,
Phobia Free verseangst,world,light,light,
Let the Moon Watch Tankaromance,
The Zulu Coconut Speaks Nonetallegory,
Dark Dawn Diamantepolitical,
Injustice Versedeath,friendship,history,
The Ballad Of Prospector Pete Balladfunny,
Ramblers Rhymefantasy,love,
Under Moonlight Tankalost love,
In My Prime Free versephilosophy,me,change,me,
Positano Harbor Dodoitsusea,
Hymns of Salvation 1 Suzette Primebirth,me,philosophy,relig
A Seagull's Plight Free versecourage,dream,passion,upl
Imaginary Universe Free verseimagination,philosophy,
Sweet Taste of Love Suzette Primelost love,
I AM LIVING Free versededication,devotion,inspi
Caught in the Sun Quintellabeauty,nature,
Stardust Artist Coupletbeauty,imagination,nature
Never Forgotten Coupletdevotion,love,
A valentine poem 1 Acrosticlove,valentines day,words
In Dawn's Bright Glow Sonnetnature,
Poe and I Rispettolonely,lost love,
The Magpie and The Butterfly, A Terzanelle Terzanellebutterfly,love,marriage,p
Picture Postcard Free versenature,winter,
Your Ocean Free verseintrospection,
Past Passion Sonnetlost love,love,
It's All In How You Ask It Footlefunny,
Senryu 023 Senryuloss,
Table for One Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)artautumn,lonely,morning,
The Mighty One Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)natural disasters
Closer Free versehope,life,love,peace,blue
My Slutty Aunt's Wedding Rhymesatire,wedding,wedding,
Amassed ABCangst,nature,war,
Cling Sijoautumn,insect,nature,rain
THE RESTLESS SEA historical quatrain for contest Quatrainhistory,men,
The Accolade Balladchristian,faith,love,woma
Chilled Dawn Versedark,death,farewell,loss,
The 'Undred an' Fifth Rhymeadventure,courage,war,mar
The Angel Inside Rhymeallegory,angel,art,beauti
Erin Go Bragh Couplethistory,life,people,place
More Foolish Footles for Super Soupy Soupers - Footlefunny,me,
Lekker contest Acrostichappiness,love,marriage,
A Near Death Experience of A Sweetheart Rhymedeath,death,god,death,god
Colours Coupletnature,
SMAAK STUKKEND Carpe Diemimagination,introspection
Sitting In My Deck Chair Free versehappiness,happy,nature,dr
A Bit O' Ireland Quatrainlove,time,time,
A Pink Crystal Dawn Kimonature,
Bartered Wives Versehistory,
The Potter's Wheel Sestinaart,life,
Kiss the Rain Sonnetlost love,
HOW TO STOP SWIFT AND STEALTHY TIME THAT BRINGS DEATH Carpe Diemdeath,history,life,philos
A is for Antenna 1 ABCscience,
Dance With Me Free versedance,music,
America's Idle Pastime Grookfunny,
PALADIN Free versepeople,sympathy,
Salvation comes with a far greater sacrifice than blind faith and car-wash fundraisers Prose Poetryfaith,hope,life,social,ba
The Solo Dancer - Tanka to Sonnet Sonnetbeautiful,tree,sun,tree,
In Good Conscience Sonnetintrospection,sound,sound
Echoes of Dreams Free versedream,star,travel,emotion
Every now and then Lyriclove,miss you,
Daytime's Demeanor Rhyme royalbeauty,life,nature,water,

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Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
Ruben O. Argentina Flag Argentina Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Robert L. Hinshaw United States Flag United States Read
harry horsman United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Wilma Neels South Africa Flag South Africa Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
kash poet India Flag India Read
Robert Ludden United States Flag United States Read
Rhonda Johnson-Saunders United States Flag United States Read
Leonora Galinta Thailand Flag Thailand Read
Erich Goller United States Flag United States Read
Joann Grisetti United States Flag United States Read
Jenna-Nichole Conrad United States Flag United States Read
Terry O'Leary France Flag France Read
Vicky Tsiluma Kenya Flag Kenya Read
Irfana Ali Bhat India Flag India Read
Justin Bordner United States Flag United States Read
Sara Giroux United States Flag United States Read
Sharon Smith United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Richard Lamoureux Canada Flag Canada Read
Debra Squyres United States Flag United States Read
James Fraser United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
James Nichols United States Flag United States Read
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
Thvia Stein United States Flag United States Read
Suzanne Delaney United States Flag United States Read
Chris D. Aechtner Canada Flag Canada Read