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What is a Renga Poem?

Renga, means 'linked poem'. Poets worked in pairs or small groups, taking turns composing the alternating three-line and two-line stanzas.

What is the structure of a Renga Poem?

To create a Renga, one poet writes the first stanza, which is three lines long with a total of seventeen syllables – the same structure as a haiku. The next poet adds the second stanza, a couplet with seven syllables per line. The third stanza repeats the structure of the first (another haiku) and the fourth repeats the second, alternating in this pattern until the poem is completed.

Example of a Renga Poem

The final leaf falls (5)
The tree branches are so bare (7)
Autumn has arrived (5)

Remember Summer's warm kiss (7)
So gentle, it will be missed. (7)

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