Saturday, April 15, 2017

Day 15 - How to Write a Quinzaine Poem for "30 Poems in 30 Days" - #NationalPoetryMonth

Ok, all my fun little poets out there - I was feeling ill last night and although I'm already starting to feel better - I'm not going to try to create any new poems today - I'm just going to share a favorite from previous years and use the poems I wrote back then as examples. It's pretty easy (and specific). Just follow the format for how many syllables - that's it - no requirements on what each line should be and it does NOT require the lines to rhyme. Easy peasy. Read on:

How to write a Quinzaine Poem

This one is short for your busy Saturday but there are specific guidelines to it. Having to fit your thoughts into patterns is good practice for learning to express yourself.

So here ya’ go:

A quinzaine is an unrhymed three line poem that contains 15 syllables, with a SPECIFIC number for each of the 3 lines. AND there is a format in that the FIRST line MAKES a STATEMENT. You can use the next two lines to ASK a QUESTION about that statement.

The pattern is:

The first line has 7 syllables
The second line has 5 syllables
The third line has 3 syllables 

Remember, the first line makes a statement and the next two lines ask a question about the subject.

Here's a couple I came up with a few years ago:

We're on earth to serve others.
Why is finding time
hard to do? 
     © 2011 Stephanie Abney

God sees us as we can be.
Can’t we see others
that way too? 
      © 2011 Stephanie Abney


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Vicki said...

Day 15-Quinzaine Poetry

I love Magna Library
I can work and read
Books are best

Peggy Barker said...

Jesus atoned for us all.
What was the reason?
Was it love?

Heidi Murphy said...

It took me a while today as I had a funeral to help with, and I did tomorrow and Monday's poems first. So go see my crazy quinzains at
And have a magnificent Easter!