|You may wanna choka the hostess before you get through, but it's really easy. Please try and write me a choka. I am re-posting one I wrote a week or so ago as example.
The Choka is a traditional form of Japanese poetry that alternates lines of 5 and 7 syllables. Unusually for Japanese forms, the Choka can be a very long piece if so desired. The poem is followed by a single additional line of 7 syllables, called an envoi, which is usually a summary of the poem in a single line. With this form, the poem is in effect an extended Tanka, which has a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable structure. The difference with Choka is that you can have as many alternating 5-7-5-7 lines as you like before the final 7 syllable line, but the poem must always end with a 7 syllable line, plus the envoi of 7 syllables, so that the poem always has a couplet of two 7 syllable lines at the end. There is no limit to number of lines as long as they follow the 5-7 syllable rule until the last three lines which would be 5-7-7. Some of you may be aware that there are other variations to this form as it has evolved over time into the modern Choka.
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