Tanka Very Much, and Other Poetic Forms

If you ever feel like a plebe when discussing poetic form, you aren’t alone. As I said the other day, poems do indeed come in all shades, shapes and sizes.

From the diminutive haiku, the complex pantuom to the massive epic, there is a poetic style to fit everyone and every idea. But if you want to learn about all the variety before the open mic, I just found an excellent resource.

Poets.org has an excellent collection of poetic forms for you to browse with historical contexts, examples, and more. Try learning about a new form each day over your morning coffee.

Then next time someone mentions poetry around the water cooler (you might have to initiate that conversation) you will be able to dazzle with your know-it-all.

You can find their collection of poetic forms here.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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