Traditionally the first stanza of a renga is three lines with seventeen syllables. The second is a couplet with seven syllables in each line. This pattern of stanzas repeats to the end of the renga. The themes of the poem include associations to the seasons, nature, and love. Each stanza becomes a sort of springboard to jump to the next verse.Renga parties were held with several poets joining in to compose the poem.
In modern times the term renga has been applied to less classical and more experimental poetry, e.g. Octavio Paz, Charles Tomlinson (‘Airborne’), P.K. Page and Philip Stratford (And Once More Saw the Stars.)An on line collaborative renga is ‘Riding White Roads.’ This was led by Jane Reichhold in 1996. Take a look at http://www.ahapoetry.com/WRCD6C.HTM Reichhold has written an article, Jump Start to Renga http://www.ahapoetry.com/renga.htm
Another interesting site about renga with examples of the poetry is http://www.renga-platform.co.uk/index.htmHappy reading and writing.