tanka

noun
tan·​ka | \ ˈtäŋ-kə How to pronounce tanka (audio) \

Definition of tanka

: an unrhymed Japanese verse form of five lines containing five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables respectively also : a poem in this form — compare haiku

Examples of tanka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her third and most critically acclaimed film, Forever a Woman (1955), is a tender, yearning portrait of a tanka poet with breast cancer and one of the first films anywhere to show a mastectomy. Lisa Wong Macabasco, Vogue, 18 Mar. 2022 His haiku and tanka translations influenced Pound, Rexroth, and others. Jonathan Dee, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tanka

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tanka

Japanese

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The first known use of tanka was circa 1877

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Last Updated

27 Mar 2022

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“Tanka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanka. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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