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Three Types of Cinquain poetry

by Gary R. Hess

There are many different types of poetry. It 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 best fits our purpose.

Although the cinquain poem is little known outside the poetry circle, it is an excellent way to convey emotion. The poem can be written in one of three styles, each holding a separate purpose. The style types are outlined below:

Type 1:

This style is the most lenient of the three. The amount of syllables or type of word doesn't matter. This is for a more 'free style' theme.

Line1: One word

Line2: Two words

Line 3: Three words

Line 4: Four words

Line 5: One word

Type 2:

This version of the cinquain poem is the most constrained version and is most often used to describe an object.

Line 1: A noun

Line 2: Two adjectives

Line 3: Three -ing words

Line 4: A phrase

Line 5: Another word for the noun

Type 3:

This version does not limit the amount of words or type of words, but merely the amount of syllables. This allows for a more flowing poem and can be used to incorporate a smooth feeling with its words.

Line1: Two syllables

Line2: Four syllables

Line 3: Six syllables

Line 4: Eight syllables

Line 5: Two syllables

Other aspects to keep in mind include staying on topic, keep the interest of you readers, and most importantly express emotion. I order to have a successful cinquain, not unlike other poetry, the poet must choose his words carefully and construct a meaningful and heartfelt poem.

As well, when writing poetry be sure to keep it fun. Don't stress over it and only write (seriously, that is) when you have inspiration. This will make your poetry more meaningful and allow you to feel better about your work.

Gary R. Hess is the author of PoemOfQuotes. Be sure to check out his poems and rhymes.

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