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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry
Japanese Verse

The Kouta 小唄 (little or short song) was a popular Japanese verse form of the 16th century. The elements of Kouta are:

  1. a poem in 4 lines.
  2. syllabic, written in lines of alternating 7-5-7-5 syllables or 7-7-7-5 syllables.
  3. rhyme optional

    three small sisters dressed alike
    in pink polka dots on white
    ribbons tie up pony tails
    "Smile girls, be polite."

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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