I’m a huge fan of Cinquain Poems. Now, before you rush off to write one, let me tell you a few things. I have seen several very specific variations on this poetry form. Some stress the number of words per line; others, the numbers of syllables per line; and even others give a specific purpose for each line.
American poet Adelaide Crapsey invented this five-line poetry form. Cinq is French for “FIVE.” However, Adelaide took her inspiration from the Japanese haiku and tanka (which we did yesterday).
Since there is more than one style of cinquain poem – we’ll call this one “Pattern Two.” For this version, pattern 2, we will be counting WORDS and not syllables.
This short five-lined poem doesn’t have an actual title; rather, the FIRST line (one word) becomes the title.
It does not need to rhyme and in this version, you count the number of words per line and each line has specific requirements for what kinds of words to use:
1st line ~ one word – the subject (or title) or your poem
2nd line ~ two words that describe the title/subject
3rd line ~ three words that express action
4th line ~ four words that express a thought or feeling
5th line ~ one word synonym for title (restates your subject using a different word)
Let’s work together
Bearing one another’s burdens
© 2011 Stephanie Abney
Having some kids
Working things out together
© 2019 Stephanie Abney
Okay, YOUR TURN!! Remember, it's all about the NUMBER of WORDS, not syllables. Go!
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