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Quintain (English)

Definition

An English Quintain, sometimes called a Quintet, is any form of poetry that consists of five lines; hence the "quint" in quintain.

A quintain does not have a specific length for each line. It can be as short or as long as the poet likes. The rhyme scheme of an English quintain is a/b/a/b/b. The most well-known and common form of quintains is actually a limerick.

A quintain is beautiful in its simplicity and is most enjoyed by the humor in limericks, but it does not have a specific theme that needs to be followed. A quintain can be romantic, dramatic, as well as humorous. There is no limit to what topic a quintain can be used to write. 

Examples

To a Skylark

HAIL to thee, blithe spirit!
Bird thou never wert,
That from heaven, or near it,
Pourest thy full heart
In profuse strains of unpremeditated art.

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