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Tanka {1} ~ What Is It?

Tanka is a genre of classical Japanese poetry and one of the major genres of Japanese literature. Tanka poems follow a set of rules. They all have five lines and each line follows a pattern: the first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, the third line has five syllables, the fourth line has seven syllables, and the fifth line has seven syllables.