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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Japanese Verse The Somonka, is a Japanese verse form that takes the frame of 2 tankas and carries a central theme of love. From that point there are differences of opinion in the scope of the subject and in how many poets are involved. The earliest Somonkas can be found as far back as the Man'yôshû, 1st century AD. They were the exchange of romantic poems between court lovers. Viola Berg's Pathways For a Poet-1973 refers to the Somonka as the Rengo. The Somonka can be simply an exchange of romantic love poems. But there are other Somonkas in which