Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Fussy Little Forms: Tanaga
(posted by Marian)
For our weekend fussy form challenge, let’s head to the Phillippines and try the TANAGA.
the tanaga is similar to haiku and tanka, being a compact quatrain with four seven-syllable lines. The tanaga can be written in various rhyme schemes, but traditionally all four lines rhyme, like aaaa bbbb cccc, and so on:
A tanaga poem can stand on its own four lines, or the verses can be strung together for a longer poem. Usually titles are not used with tanaga poems.
The key to tanaga is that it is a witty poem, emotionally charged or heavy on metaphor, sometimes begging a question that demands an answer.
Her illness rips him apart,
disintegrating his heart.
Is there no way to restart
a life cast into the dark?