Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at a new episode in our Tanka Splendor month in which we are exploring the Ten Tanka Writing Techniques by Teika. Today I will introduce to you Teika's 4th Tanka Writing Technique "Convicting Feeling".
This is Teika's most famous poetical ideal; one that he most developed in his middle and later years. Over this time he came to give ushin two distinct senses. One, in the narrow sense of "deep feeling" as one of the ten styles and in the broader sense of "conviction of feeling" - the quality that must be part of every good poem. Teika felt this could not be an adopted "style" but could result only if the poet "approached the art with the utmost seriousness and concentration". These strong words of stubborn and uncompromising demand were typical of Teika's goal of the highest stand of artistic integrity.
Another interpretation of the style is that it uses a highly subjective sense in which the speaker's feeling pervade the imagery and rhetoric of the poem. It is especially appropriate for poems expressing love or grief.
Given as example is this poem by Princess Shikishi, #9:1034 in the Shinkokinshū:
tama no o yo / taenaba taene / nagaraeba / shinoburu koto no / yowari mo zo suru
jewel of my soul
threaded on the string
that should break
how to endure these things
I am getting weaker
Well ... I hope you did like this episode and I hope I have inspired you to write tanka.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 14th at noon (CET).