This is an analysis of the poem Tanka that begins with:

Winter? Spring? Who knows?
White buds from the plumtrees wing ... full text

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: ababb acXcc dcdcc ababb eaeaa Xaaaa
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 5,5,5,5,5,5,
  • Closest metre: iambic trimeter
  • –°losest rhyme: rondeau rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 100111 1100101 110001 1111101 11101001 10011 1101001 101110 1101001 1110111 11001 10001001 110101 1101001 1100101 11101 11011001 10101 10101001 01110111 11111 0111010 11101 1001110 1101110 11110 1111001 10101 1011111 1111101
  • Amount of stanzas: 6
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 148
  • Average number of words per stanza: 26
  • Amount of lines: 30
  • Average number of symbols per line: 29 (strings are less long than medium ones)
  • Average number of words per line: 5
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of Tanka;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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