What Is Haiku Poetry? - Definition & Examples


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Haiku poetry is usually:

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1. A traditional Japanese haiku is:

2. Although English-speaking poets often ignored the traditional rules of haiku, they maintained:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Haiku is a brief form of Japanese poetry, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the form. Some topics you'll be assessed on include characteristics of haiku and the evolution of this type of poetry.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Defining characteristics of haiku
  • Historical changes to the haiku form
  • Differences in Japanese to English haiku translations

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related haiku poetry lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as Japanese and English haiku
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the structure of haiku
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about traditional and contemporary haiku

Additional Learning

To learn more about this form of poetry, review the accompanying lesson on haiku. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the history and composition of haiku
  • Identify examples of haiku
  • Differentiate between traditional and contemporary haiku poems
  • Examine how English translations of haiku poems differ from the original Japanese works