Definition of renga in English:

Share this entry

renga

Pronunciation: /ˈreNGɡə/

noun (plural same or rengas)

Japanese linked poetry in the form of a tanka (or series of tanka), with the first three lines composed by one person and the second two by another. A typical renga sequence is comprised of 100 stanzas composed by about three poets in a single sitting.
Example sentences
  • On Thursday, National Poetry Day, he is to be presented with a renga - a serial poem - composed by children and poets en route from Edinburgh to Glasgow.
  • Rewriting of canonical pieces, the development of sequences and rengas, a short verse play collaboration, as well as the workshopping of individual poems, will be the main elements of the course.
  • At the age of thirteen, Zeami first met Nijo Yoshimoto, once regent of the Northern Court and leader of the Nijo school of court poetry as well as a practitioner of renga (linked verse, then coming into wide popularity).

Origin

Japanese, from ren 'linking' + ga (from ka 'poetry').

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.