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Posted 5 days ago
Parry and Lord discovered that the epic form was well-suited to the singer’s need for fluency and flexibility, for composition as well as memorization. The singers composed poems orally by calling upon a rich storehouse of ready-made building blocks (traditional patterns), which moved well beyond phrasing.
Posted 1 week ago
tanka: Also called uta or waka. The character for ka means ‘poem.’ Wa means ‘Japanese.’ Therefore, a waka is a Japanese poem. Tan means ‘short,’ and so a tanka is a short poem, thirty-one syllables long. It is unrhymed and has units of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables, which were traditionally printed as one unbroken line.