Formless haiku side by side with formal tanka would be an anomalous contrast. As for haiku and tanka both going formless, it would cause so much confusion. As it is, haiku honchos already find it hard to distinguish senryu from hokku-type haiku. What more if tanka would join the fray?
Tanka's two major types are Eastern and Western. Japanese are barred from ditching Japan's two rhythms. HSA-type of ruling is forbidden in tanka. By observing 5-7-5 7-7 format, you are in safe zone.
In writing a tanka, haiku or any other Japanese-descended formal poem, a poet is entitled to have one extra syllable -- or else one missing syllable -- for every ten verses written.
This poem traces the history of the English language -- from Germanic invaders to Norman conquest to Geoffrey Chaucer; then from Francis Bacon to British empire, American era and age of Aquarius.
Battle of Bannockburn, 1314. The English under King Edward II led a larger army against the Scots led by their king Robert the Bruce. The English were routed and kept out of Scotland for 300 years.
In this poem, Pope Clement V was addressing King Philip the Fair of France. Their decision led to the fall of the powerful Knights Templar.
The Shakesperian author discussed music in his 8th Sonnet and once more brought up the issue of progeny. The Rival Poet talks of a "higher music" and proposes the primacy of "lofty duty".
The Rival Poet heaves a sigh of relief because his teacher is now "speaking broadly", thus giving him surcease from "sly comments". But he wonders why his teacher did not fight for his royal rights.
Through serendipity, the bard from the Far East rose early one morning and found himself the inventor of a new poetic form. Come, join him and become one of the earliest composers of this novel verse.
The Oriental bard examines the Internet Age and observes that people are helping one another through the Net even if they haven't met and don't see each other personally.
Have you seen an example of a Malayan Wave sonnet? It is one of the sonnet rhyme schemes invented by the Oriental bard. Watch him use it as he discusses the topic of chivalry and sanctity.
The Oriental sonneteer pines for his muse, declaring that he misses his source of inspiration. But there is something queer in the air because he also expects the muse to heal him of some ailments.
The reverent bard of the Far East resuscitates an ancient Western tradition by invoking the Nine Muses to bless his endeavor to write 10,000 and 1 songs.
The bard from the eastern shores recalls his younger years and wonders at his childlike and playful behavior.
The Oriental bard wanted to start the month of Cupid with some ceremony. Instead he was placed in an embarrassing situation. Yet that was quite ... ceremonious ... in a weird sort of way.
The bard from the Far East continues to examine the current state of the haiku art. He makes a clear distinction between Japanese haiku and English haiku.
Although weighed down by both personal and national concerns, the bard from the Far East begins to examine the past, present and future of the haiku art.
Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships, grapples with the issue of ageing and mortality.
A poem written a few moments after the death of the poet's father as he tried to grapple with the irretrievable loss and the passing of an era in his personal life.
The Rival Poet fends off the Shakespearian author's badgering about his childlessness, pointing out that his teacher has left no son himself.
The Rival Poet replies at last to the 154 sonnets primarily addressed to him by his beloved guru, the most noble Sir Francis Bacon. As prophesied, Bacon's disciple appears "not in years, but in ages".