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  • n. a form of Japanese verse in which short poems are connected together. Encompasses haikai, the origination point for haiku.


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Japanese connected verse, 連歌.


  • Mine was written during the Israeli invasion of Gaza in January of 2009 -- but the project involved receiving a renga from the preceding participant and sending one on to the next one.

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  • The practice is known as renga, an ancient Japanese tradition of collaborative poetry in which one poet writes their lines then hands it off to the next.

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  • For example, in the realm of poetry, hitherto strictly reserved for the upper classes, the classic verse called renga (linked song) was considered to be sullied by the introduction of any common or every-day word, and therefore could be composed only by highly educated persons.

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  • This reminds me of a tradition not well known in the West, an 'offshoot' of haiku called "renga".


  • And herring in northern Italy is renga, meaning he who denies religion.

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  • The usual lengths of Japanese renga are 36 or 100 verses.


  • In Japan this is done during live sessions, but in the West renga have most often been written through the mail.


  • Renga - also called "linked-verse poems" and "renku" - can be written by one poet (solo renga) but are usually composed by two or more poets writing verses, or links, in turn.


  • The only link that must be able to stand alone is the hokku, the "starting link" of the complete renga.


  • Japanese renga alternate verses of 5-7-5 onji (sound-syllables) with verses of 7-7 onji, so most Western renga have been written alternating 3-line links with 2-line links.



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