The Katauta is a lesser known Japanese form of poetry, traditionally called Waka and, as a term, means poetry fragment. The form specifically is written as half of an exchange with a lover and when paired with another Katauta, is called a Sedoka. So, a Katauta is half a Sedoka. The other Waka are the Choka, Tanka, (Sedoka), and Bussokusekika, although all but the Choka and the Tanka fell into disuse past the 8th century. Waka, also referred to asĀ yamato-uta, is considered the oldest form of poetry in continuous use in Japan.


  • 3 lines with a syllable pattern of 5-7-7 or sometimes 5-7-5.
  • what distinguishes a Katauta as a Katauta is it’s subject matter, which is love, and specifically one lover addressing another



  • https://www.britannica.com/art/katauta
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waka_(poetry)
  • http://www.wakapoetry.net
  • https://www.masterclass.com/articles/a-guide-to-japanese-poetic-forms#a-brief-history-of-japanese-poetry
  • Greene, Roland, and Stephen Cushman. The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Princeton University Press, 2012.

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