Tanka Poem: Definition & Examples


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Where does the turn happen in a tanka poem?

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1. How do tanka differ from haiku?

2. What does the lower phrase in a tanka achieve?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

From the number of lines in the tanka poem to how it compares to haiku, this quiz/worksheet assessment measures your knowledge of several aspects of tanka poetry. You can take the quiz before viewing the lesson to see what you know and again after watching the lesson to determine what you have retained from it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will use this assessment to demonstrate your ability to do the following:

  • Note where the turn happens in a tanka poem
  • Differentiate between tanka poetry and haikus
  • Explain what the lower phrase of a tanka poem achieves
  • Identify the number of lines in a traditional tanka poem
  • Discuss why some tanka deviate from the pattern

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can reading information regarding the deviation from the usual tanka pattern in some instances and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast haikus and tanka poetry
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the lines in a tanka poem
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the lower phrase and turns in a tanka poem

Additional Learning

If you could not make rhyme or reason of this assessment and are looking to learn more, you can do so with the lesson titled Tanka Poem: Definition & Examples. Detailed information found in this lesson includes:

  • From which country tanka poetry originates
  • What makes up the upper phrase of a tanka poem
  • What type of language tanka poems use