|The lanturne is a Japanese verse form with five lines and a pattern of 1-2-3-4-1 syllables. The first line is typically a noun, the next three lines describe it, and the last one is a synonym for the first. It is a type of shadow poetry where the lines create a shape similar to a lantern. The purpose of the lantern poem is to illuminate the subject or to personalize it for the reader, not just simply to define it.
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