Renga, “linked verses”,  was a more modern version of poetry in Rokugan. It followed the same syllabic pattern as waka (5-7-5-7-7), but was performed by two people. The first person performed the 5-7-5 then the second finished with the 7-7.  The impromptu nature of the renga also lent itself to courtly contests, known as shikimoku. 
The defining convention of the renga was called “,” or “linking.” It was the practice of connecting one string of verse to another to form a cohesive poem, continuing the image in unexpected, creative, and often surreal ways.
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