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Cinquain Definition

Poetry Definition of Cinquain

The modern cinquain is based on a word count of words of a certain type.

Line 1 has one word (the title).
Line 2 has two words that describe the title.
Line 3 has three words that tell the action.
Line 4 has four words that express the feeling
Line 5 has one word which recalls the title.

The traditional cinquain is based on a syllable count. Twenty-Two syllables in the following pattern (2-4-6-8-2) The traditional cinquain is based on a syllable count. It has five lines, and often, one word in the first line, two words in the second line etc.

line 1 - 2 syllables
line 2 - 4 syllables
line 3 - 6 syllables
line 4 - 8 syllables
line 5 - 2 syllables


. The traditional cinquain is based on a syllable count. line 1 - 2 syllables line 2 - 4 syllables line 3 - 6 syllables line 4 - 8 syllables line 5 - 2 syllables The modern cinquain is based on a word count of words of a certain type. line 1 - one word (noun) a title or name of the subject line 2 - two words (adjectives) describing the title line 3 - three words (verbs) describing an action related to the title line 4 - four words describing a feeling about the title, a complete sentence line 5 - one word referring back to the title of the poem

There are more variations of the Cinquain form.

Example

A Threat

Stormclouds,
casting shadows
over weary soldiers,
threaten to cry heavy buckets
of tears.

Poetry © Copyright Suzanne Honour 2002-2003


Guilty
or not guilty
past convictions frustrate
the judge who wonders should your fate
abate.

Leo McGarry

Top 5 Cinquain Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem Silent Hearts Goff, James Marshall Cinquainlost love
Premium Member Poem Longing Roberts, Seren Cinquainhope, longing,
Premium Member Poem FLYING HIGH - VISUAL 5 ALLISON, JAN Cinquainfreedom,
Premium Member Poem DESIRE ALLISON, JAN Cinquaindesire, longing,
Premium Member Poem Always - American Cinquain Petersen Potter, Dorian Cinquaindream,

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