Poetry In Japanese Poetry

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While history plays an important role in shaping a country into what it is today, the medium it is also recorded in plays a significant role. Poetry was a common form of storytelling in ancient times with many cultures including it in their literary works. The country of Japan is a prominent figure regarding poetic works, with many famous works and authors coming out of the country. When poetry was first introduced to Japan, the spoken language did not have a written counterpart. This caused problems for Japanese authors who had trouble transcribing their work, so many writers wrote in the Chinese alphabet which did not provide a large range of emotions for people to work with. In the 9th century a Shingon priest and Sanskrit Scholar created the kana phonetic syllabary, a style of writing that allowed authors to fully express themselves. With the new freedom of thought, new styles of writing began to appear. Poetry has spread across cultures with many people interpreting it differently. These different interpretations have given rise to new styles of poetic expression. Two of the first styles to appear in Japanese history were the Chōka and the Tanka. The Chōka is a lengthy poem that can reach up to 150 lines in length. The structure is set up with alternating lines of five and seven syllables, with a concluding line of seven syllables. The long length allows authors to traverse complicated themes that are not possible in the Tanka. The Tanka Style is a shorter

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