I really love cinquain poetry. Depending on where you get your instructions there are a few variations. I’ve narrowed it down to three. Last year I shared all three variations in one post but today I think I will share with you the version I call “pattern one.”
Cinq is French for FIVE ~ this poem has five lines that follow a specific pattern, each line has its own purpose; title/subject, describe subject, express ACTION, then share a thought of feeling and for the end, you will restate your title using a different word(s), with only a two syllable count. DETAILS of how it goes are below in yellow.
This short five-lined poem doesn’t have an actual title; rather, the FIRST line (two syllables in this case) becomes the title.
It does not rhyme and in this version you count the number of SYLLABLES per line and each line has specific requirements. The first line has 2 syllables; each line increases by 2 syllables until the last line, which returns to 2 syllables.
RESIST the urge to add words - follow the pattern - you'll be surprised at your results!!
1st line ~ two syllables – the subject (or title) or your poem
2nd line ~ four syllables that describe the title/subject
3rd line ~ six syllables that express action
4th line ~ eight syllables that express a thought or feeling
5th line ~ two syllables that show a synonym for the title (restates your subject using a different word)
Here are some of my poems as examples that I wrote some time ago but they are good samples of a cinquain poem, (pattern 1):
From down deep in my heart
So you know who I am I’ll sing
© 2011 Stephanie Abney
A gift from God
Grace our lives for a time
Remain in our hearts forever
© 1999 Stephanie Abney
Where judgment has no place
Wrapped in the safety of your arms
© 1998 Stephanie Abney
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