Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at this new episode of our Tanka Splendor month. I know I am a bit late, but I am on the nightshift so time isn't at my side the upcoming days. This month it is all about tanka and how to create them. Through the ten Tanka Writing Techniques by Teika I hope to inspire you all to create tanka or to improve your skills in writing tanka.
Today I will introduce to you Teika's 7th Tanka Writing Technique "clever treatment".
Clever treatment, a witty or ingenious treatment of a conventional topic
The style must have been popular because Teika gave 31 poems in his anthology of style examples. This one is by the Archbishop Jien (1155-1225) on the topic of "snow" from the Shinkokinshū, #6:679:
niwa no yuki ni / waga ato tsukete / idetsuru o / towarenikeri to / hito ya miruran
in the snow only
I was in the garden
will people think someone brought
comfort to my loneliness?
|Koya San monastery in the snow - only women were allowed to enter this monastery|
the Great Buddha still smiles
an old beggar and his bowl
bows in honor sharing his bread