10 Japanese Poetic Forms

I’ve been covering poetic forms on this blog for nearly 10 years now. To celebrate, I’ve collected 10 Japanese poetic forms below.

While poetry in general is known for concision of language, there’s little argument that Japanese forms take concision to extremes. Click on each link to learn how.

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10 Japanese Poetic Forms

  1. Dodoitsu. 4-liner.
  2. Gogyohka. Variation of the tanka.
  3. Haibun. Prose + haiku.
  4. Haiku. 3-line nature juxtaposition.
  5. Katauta. 3-line question.
  6. Mondo. Question-response-nature poem.
  7. Sedoka. 2-stanza question and response.
  8. Senryu. What many poets write when they think they’re writing haiku.
  9. Somonka. Love letter tankas.
  10. Tanka. 5-liner.

Check these forms out, try them for fun, and let me know which is your favorite in the comments below. Or let me know of Japanese forms I still have yet to cover (like the renga).

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

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