Quick Guide to Reading a Reviewaka




To get the most out of reading a reviewaka, keep in mind the following points . . .

Line 1 usually represents the setting: the physical location and/or time period or, sometimes, just the general situation or circumstance that encompasses the story.  Line 1 must contain exactly five syllables.

Line 2 typically represents the character(s) of the story.  This line must contain exactly seven syllables.

Line 3 usually represents the plot or major theme(s) within the story.  Line 3 must contain exactly five syllables.

Lines 4 & 5 represent the book reviewer’s personal opinion of the book.  Sometimes line 4 and/or line 5 will contain additional information about the book itself if needed.  Lines 4 & 5 must both contain exactly seven syllables.

Also take note of the fact that the word at the end of a line MAY also refer to the first word in the following line in order to add more information about the book within the very limited structure allowed.

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