I really love cinquain poetry.
Depending on where you get your instructions there are a few variations. I’ve
narrowed it down to three. Some years I share 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
or 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
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 need to 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 ~ either
two one-syllable words or one two-syllable
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 of a cinquain poem, (pattern 1). I need to write some newer ones, but
this will get you started:
From down deep in my heart
So you know who I am I’ll sing
© 2011 Stephanie Abney
Where judgment has no place
Wrapped in the safety of your arms
© 1998 Stephanie Abney
Let’s create some cinquain,
pattern one poems!!
PLEASE REMEMBER ~ any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my
personal property and may not be used without my permission, other than sharing
it as an example in a lesson or to read it to someone. The same goes for any
poems that are shared in the comments of this blog or elsewhere online as a
result of this challenge. They are the creative property of the person who
writes them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them
without their permission. It is understood that they own the copyright to them
as soon as they create them and especially once they post them. Thanks so much!
*** Also, if you choose to
post your poems on your own blog or elsewhere on social media ~ that’s awesome.
But PLEASE don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post
your poem on your blog or your FB wall or wherever AND LINK BACK TO EACH DAY’S
SPECIFIC BLOG POST for others to come here to read the instructions. I’ve spent
considerable time researching the poetry forms and writing them up to share
with you. Thanks for respecting my work.