You’re doing great!! Let’s stick with cinquain poems and try Pattern TWO ~ we will be counting WORDS this time and not syllables. Fun!!
American poet Adelaide Crapsey invented this five-line poetry form. You may recall that Cinq is French for “FIVE.” However, Adelaide took her inspiration from the Japanese haiku and tanka, rather than from the French. Go figure.
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 (using 3 “ing” participles works well here, if you like, or just 3 verbs; or an action phrase)
4th line ~ four words that express a thought or feeling
5th line ~ one-word synonym for the title (restates your subject using a different word)
Trying, learning, growing
Working things out together
© 2023 Stephanie Abney
[Or not using participles . . . just an action phrase for line 3]
Let’s work together
Bearing one another’s burdens
© 2011 Stephanie Abney
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