* The rhyme is not required, but like many non-essential things we choose them anyway!
Inspired by Keira's new 'soon to be' bestseller:
* * Tanka poetry refers to a Japanese 31-syllable poem, traditionally written as a single, unbroken line. The word "tanka" translates to "short song." Similar to haiku poetry, tanka poems have specific syllable requirements. They also use many literary devices, including personification, metaphors, and similes to allow ample visualization.
In English translations, the tanka tends to take on a five-line form, (5,7,5,7,7) which brings us to this important note. As you study tanka poetry, you'll notice it bears a resemblance to sonnets.
Midway through a tanka poem, there's a change in perception. In a sonnet, it's called the volta. In a haiku, there's typically a "turn" between lines two and three. As with a sonnet, the change occurs as a transition from examining an image to examining a personal response.