By dropping the "a" before "tanka" we have changed the name to Big Water.
Typical of this kind of painting are the pictures of tanka burning the Image.
Sooner or later this crystallized into what is called a tanka or short ode.
Some one would utter the first three lines of a tanka and some one else would cap the composition by adding the last two.
The concluding hemistich, whereby the hokku becomes the tanka, is existent in the writer's mind, but never uttered.
The real genius is to be found in the tanka, a poem of five lines or phrases and thirty-one syllables.
Such couplets were called shi to distinguish them from the pure Japanese uta or tanka.
The tiresome habit of enumerating a woman's charms, either briefly or at length, is happily an impossibility in the tanka.
One night tanka, a Zen priest, stayed as a guest at an ordinary Buddhist monastery.
form of Japanese verse, from Japanese tanka, from tan "short" + ka "song."