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How to Write Cinquain Poetry

Written by: Poem of Quotes

Poetry comes in many types and genres. As with other writings, we must first understand the meaning and power behind each poetic style before choosing which one fits our purpose best.

The cinquain poem is little known outside the hardcore poet world. The poems can be of three separate styles within and hold a separate purpose for each style. The style types are outlined below:


  1. Line1: One word

    Line2: Two words

    Line 3: Three words

    Line 4: Four words

    Line 5: One word


  2. Line1: A noun

    Line2: Two adjectives

    Line 3: Three -ing words

    Line 4: A phrase

    Line 5: Another word for the noun


  3. Line1: Two syllables

    Line2: Four syllables

    Line 3: Six syllables

    Line 4: Eight syllables

    Line 5: Two syllables

Other things to keep in mind include; staying on topic, try to keep the interest of you readers (that is of course if you are writing for publication), and most importantly expresses emotion. Also be sure to keep in mind that in order to have a successful cinquain, not unlike other poetry, the poet must choose the words carefully and construct a meaningful and heartfelt poem.

One thing to keep in mind while writing poetry, keep it fun. Don't stress over it and only write when you have inspiration. It will make your poetry more meaningful and will make you feel better about your work.

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