Tan Renga the short linked chain of two stanza

Maybe you know the Tanka that poem with 5 lines following the syllables count 5-7-5-7-7, A beautiful Japanese poetry form which I just started recently to create. The Tanka is a poem written by one poet and that's the difference with the Tan Renga.

The Tan Renga has also 5 lines following the same syllables count as the Tanka, but the Tan Renga is written by two poets. One poet writes the first stanza of three (3) lines in the following example that will be Jane Reichhold:

Here is the first stanza of this example Tan Renga:
morning sun
the twinkle of stars
still in the dew 
                     (Jane Reichhold)

The goal for the second poet is create the second stanza of two (2) lines through association on the first stanza (as we do in a renga). For this example I have written the second stanza:

her bright shining eyes
she unpacks her new doll
     (your host)

This is what you call a Tan Renga. It's possible to leave a blanc line between the two stanzas, but you can also make it unite with each other as I do mostly. Than this is the result:

morning sun
the twinkle of stars
still in the dew 
                     (Jane Reichhold)
her bright shining eyes
she unpacks her new doll
     (your host)
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Tan Renga is a short chained poem written by two poets. In our CDHK Tan Renga Challenge I will give the first stanza and than you have to write the second stanza towards it through association. In that way you complete the Tan Renga.
Good Luck.

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3 comments:

  1. Kristjaan, you made me chuckle! You have written a perfect tan renga and I am touched that you bent to meet my current joy in dolls. You made it very relevant!
    \o/

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    1. I couldn't resist to bring up your love for your dolls. Thank you for your kind words.

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  2. I just read it, and have been reading how each part of the tan renga is not directly connected in a traditional way. In that sense you dosed it just right Kristjaan.

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