#OctPoWriMo – Day 17 – #Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 118 – Education & Wisdom


#OctPoWriMo – Day 17 #Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 118 – Education & Wisdom

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October Poetry Writing Month  #OctPoWriMo!

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The “Weekly Tanka Challenge Prompt” is now also a Poetry Challenge (any form).

Use the weekly poetry prompt “Education & Wisdom”  to write a poem – any form, your choice, also please feel free to substitute these prompt words with a “synonym”.

Today I’m trying a new form of poetry

Tango Poetry Form – Education

Education, kindling of a flame
it’s born in us at birth with the first breath
It’s in every human body, the will to learn
We never stop learning until the day of death

Teaching children at school, a failure
Fears of failing grades fails a bright student
Self-education could make you a fortune
Clearly schooling some students will be a advent

Anyone who keeps learning stays young
You spend a lifetime acquiring wisdom
Wisdom is not a product of education
It’s phenomenon that matures in your system

Tango is an invented stanzaic form introduced by Chiquita LoJuana Gonzolas Sills. The elements of the Tango are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
  2. syllabic, 9-10-11-12 syllables per line.
  3. rhymed, xaxa xbxb etc. x being unrhymed.

Tanka Poetry – consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of 5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Reverse Etheree Poetry – The only difference is that the syllabic count is reversed: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Free Verse – No limitations

Sidlak Poetry – is a structured poetry consisting of five lines with 3-5-7-9 syllables and a color. The last line must be a color that describes the whole poem or the feeling of the writer.

Etheree Poetry – Syllabic Pattern: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10, Rhyme: None

Double Etheree – Two Etheree stanzas, where the second one is reversed.Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1Rhyme not required

Triolet  Poetry – consists of 8 lines. Line 1, 4 and 7 are the same line repeated.  So are lines 2 and 8. No syllable count, although the preferred one for repeating forms is the standard eight syllables. Rhyme ABaAabAB, capital letters representing repeated lines

Haiku/Senryu Poetry – Here is an in-depth description of Haiku/Senryu Poem (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. They possess no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.

Shadorma Poetry– is a Spanish poetic form. A poem of six lines 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllables no set rhyme scheme. It can have many stanzas, as long as each follows the meter.

Bussokusekika Poetry – a pattern of 5-7-5-7-7-7 Tanka poem with an extra phrase of seven added on at the end.

Retourne Poetry is a French form of poetry and its all about repetition. It contains four quatrains and each line has eight syllables. (16 lines, 8/8/8/8)

The trick is that the first stanza second line ,must also be the second stanza first line, the first stanza third line is the third stanza first, and the first stanza fourth line is the fourth stanza first. Retournes do not have to rhyme. (rhyme optional)

Tetractys   5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20), it can be written with more than one verse but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count.

Double Tetractys A decastich (10-line stanza) with an emphasis on the syllabic count of each line. Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-10-10-4-3-2-1 It should express a complete thought and may be on any theme and express any mood. Rhyme is optional.

Not sure of your Syllable count?

  1. You can use the photo above, your own or no photo at all.
  2. The choice is yours, write any style of poetry you wish with the prompt

Copy and paste the link to your finished poem in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on Twitter, as I receive them.

Bloggers that posted on the Weekly Tanka Prompt – Poetry Challenge – Week 117 – 10 October 2018 – Sunset & Theme

Joelle LeGendre  Author of Ranting Along blog, loves writing and her animals, a blog with humor that you just have to smile.

Reena Saxena – Founder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant.

Deepa Author of Sync with deep. She is a working homemaker with a teenage son. Please visit her site, she has many interesting posts.

ErhynirehAuthor of Erhynireh.Wordpress.com, says she is a sentimental fool, I say – Not true, she is a very caring lady I have known for some years on WordPress platform, I fully recommend her as a great writer.

Helene Vaillant – A lady in her seventies writing haiku, stories, poem and reflections at ”Willow Poetry”

Frank J Tassone Writer, Teacher, Husband and father, he has a Haijin in Action blog.

The Dark Netizen Author of The Dark Netizen Blog writes mostly Flash Fiction, also some Haiku poetry.

Ethan Dale Eagar Author of EthanEagar, like writing poetry

The Pink Seam – There is a Warning on this site it contains sexual content and is not suitable for children under 18 years of age.

LillyOrchid777 – Author of “In the silence of the day”

Linda Lee Lyberg – Author of Charmed Chaos writes about Musings of Life, Love, and Linguini, she has interesting poetry, short stories.

The Bag Lady – Cheryl is a widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.




  1. Love the theme and this style you used (I may have to try it out myself 🙂 ). Your middle stanza resonates with the sad truth of the educational failings that can happen with students. But my favorite part is how you ended with the “in your system” reference. Brilliant!

    Liked by 1 person

    • That’s great, I like comments like yours. That is why I took the time to let my readers know how to write these forms of poetry. I could have left a link, but I found that there are not many that will click them, but if they are interested in learning to write these forms of poetry writing they will read it. Hope you are having a great day.


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