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Sedoka Definition

Poetry Definition of Sedoka

Sedoka is a Japanese verse form that evolved from ancient songs. They can be mood poems, similar to tanka, or they can tell stories in the manner of a song. Sedoka consist of 6 lines of 5-7-7-5-7-7 syllables respectively. Each 5-7-7 unit is called a katauta. Traditionally, the second katauta says the same thing as the first katauta, although in a different way. In modern English the syllable count is somewhat more flexible, and there is usually a turn, or change in direction, in lines 3 and 5. The turn in line 3 is sharp, and the turn in line 5 is gentle.


Example by Unknown Author:

In Your Absence I write Sedoka...

I write sedoka
to tell you how my love grows
even in your short absence.
Since you went away
two bright red roses have bloomed—
your cat brought home a rabbit.

This morning the rain
left wet puddles on the lawn—
wind damaged the cherry tree.
The afternoon sun
dried the grass and I pruned
the minor garden damage.

Did you know actress
Anne Bancroft passed on Monday,
a youngster—seventy-three.
Thank you for phoning
to let me know you’ll be home on
Saturday for the Art Fair.

I must end this note—
the red rose in the white vase
dropped several petals today.
I place two inside—
write your name and lick the stamp
speeding my letter to you.

Out in the June sky
I see your face in the clouds
of the setting sun just now.
I pause in the dark—
on the horizon full moon
casts your shape to stand near me.

Top 5 Sedoka Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem Summer Afternoon Richards, Carrie Sedokadevotion, happiness, lovelove,
Premium Member Poem Yellow Ribbons Devonshire, Carolyn Sedokahope, war,
Premium Member Poem November Dreams Devonshire, Carolyn Sedokalove, seasons,
Oh, Please Dare spagnola, jill Sedokacourage, freedom, introspection, philosophy,
Premium Member Poem You are My Spring Manassian, Eileen Sedokalove hurts, seasons,

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