Tribal Poetry – Haiku & Tanka

This week Class 6 have been learning about Haiku and Tanka, both of which are forms of rhythmic poetry which are usually written about nature. A few of our own poems are below; please leave us a comment to let us know what you think!


By Jake…

Fast leopard running,
Eating up pray as he wants.
Nothing can stop him.

By Anastasia…

I sharpen my blades,
As sharp as a dragon’s tooth,
To saw down the trees.


By Natalie…

Bright and fresh flowers
Blow in the freezing breeze.
Clinging to my legs,
Never seen before my eyes,
Want to pick some but I can’t.

By Elisha…

Going to battle,
Show up and shine in the sun.
It’s a scary thought,
Going to battle with friends,
Me and my friends might get killed.

7 thoughts on “Tribal Poetry – Haiku & Tanka

  1. I have heard of Haiku’s before, but never a Tanka. These really are beautiful pieces of poetry – well done to all.

    Mr Harrison
    Miriam Lord, Bradford.

  2. Hi Class 6,
    I had also never heard of tankas before. I will need to look them up. Maybe I can use them with my year 8 class here in South Australia.
    I particularly like Anastasia’s choice of words “as sharp as a dragon’s tooth”.
    Keep up the good work guys 🙂

    Miss Adams
    Cummins Area School
    South Australia

    • Thanks for the comment Joey.

      Both Haiku and Tanka are types of Japanese poetry. Haiku has 5 syllables on the first line, 7 on the second line, and 5 on the third line. Tanka is similar but goes 5, 7, 5, 7, 7. They are really fun to write!

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