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Cinquain Poems

Read wonderful cinquain poetry on the following sub-topics: christmas, friends, funny, kids, life, love, nature, puppy, school and more. Read a definition and example (where appropriate).

Note: The forms for these poems were selected by the poet. Often poems are assigned the wrong form. Please confirm the accuracy of the poetic form before referencing the poem.

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PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories  
HOTMAIL password reset phone number 1800 828 0294 asif mohammad asif Cinquain allegory,
Only Human Frank Polgar Cinquain character, people,
June Days Cal Barkley Cinquain environment, hope, june, love,
Premium Member Poem Pleasure James Study Cinquain emotions, life, passion,
Comforter Darlene De Beaulieu Cinquain image,
Premium Member Poem LONGING Martin Brown Cinquain emotions,
The Stars Rachel Schlichting Cinquain death, loneliness, star, stars,
Bullet Train Pradipta Roy Choudhury Cinquain for teens, happy, imagery,
Tinsel Alesia Leach Cinquain christmas,
Premium Member Poem Zwieback Caren Krutsinger Cinquain food,
Premium Member Poem Zombie Caren Krutsinger Cinquain symbolism,
Premium Member Poem The Surge arthur vaso Cinquain character, introspection, philosophy, poetry,
Premium Member Poem Wolf Song Caren Krutsinger Cinquain 6th grade, 8th grade,
Premium Member Poem Your Tambourine Dance Caren Krutsinger Cinquain 10th grade, 11th grade,
Snow is Falling Laura Wettlaufer Cinquain deep, peace, snow, symbolism,
Rendering Real Worship Bernard F. Asuncion Cinquain birthday,
Tinsel Nancy Beckman Cinquain christmas, earth,
Premium Member Poem Tiny Powerhouses Caren Krutsinger Cinquain 10th grade, 11th grade,
Premium Member Poem New Grass Caren Krutsinger Cinquain 10th grade, 11th grade,
Premium Member Poem Fire Magic Caren Krutsinger Cinquain 10th grade, 11th grade,
Premium Member Poem Tulips Caren Krutsinger Cinquain 10th grade, 11th grade,
For Peace MAHTAB BANGALEE Cinquain love, peace,
Head Games Frank Polgar Cinquain psychological,
I Received Bad News Today, Reckoning Martin Braun Cinquain bible, christian, forgiveness, freedom,
Premium Member Poem Paratrooper Caren Krutsinger Cinquain 10th grade, 11th grade,
Jailed Sleeping MAHTAB BANGALEE Cinquain how i feel,
yet it still is and shall always be Allan Terry Cinquain corruption, crazy, metaphor, sad
Premium Member Poem Voting Feelings Caren Krutsinger Cinquain political,
Premium Member Poem Reminisce James Study Cinquain life, memory, remember,
Premium Member Poem FREEDOM arthur vaso Cinquain art, beauty, butterfly, god,
Premium Member Poem Quietus Debbie Walker Cinquain dark, death,
Remembrance of God MAHTAB BANGALEE Cinquain god, spiritual,
Worship Humanity MAHTAB BANGALEE Cinquain humanity, introspection,
Premium Member Poem Old House James Study Cinquain age, home, house, life,
Premium Member Poem A Brilliant Deception Bernard Chan Cinquain beauty, city, light, night,
Limerence Rachel Schlichting Cinquain love,
Violence Rachel Schlichting Cinquain humanity, violence,
Nathan Evan Booooooooo Cinquain crazy,
CINQUAIN-08 MAHTAB BANGALEE Cinquain health, life,
CINQUAIN-07 MAHTAB BANGALEE Cinquain deep, love,
CINQUAIN-06 MAHTAB BANGALEE Cinquain political, pollution,
CINQUAIN-05 MAHTAB BANGALEE Cinquain conflict, political,
CINQUAIN-04 MAHTAB BANGALEE Cinquain life, love,
CINQUAIN-03 MAHTAB BANGALEE Cinquain first love,
Luminescent Willow Tree Cinquain cute, earth, lost, nature,
Summer Mikayla Sole Cinquain sun,
Arrival of spring Olivia Wright Cinquain seasons, spring,
Autumn Leaves Olivia Wright Cinquain autumn, nature,
Premium Member Poem False Prophet Susan Gentry Cinquain animal, betrayal, bible, conflict,

About This Page

Cinquain Poems. Examples of Cinquains and a list of poems in the correct poetic form and technique. Share and read Cinquain poetry while accessing rules, topics, ideas, and a comprehensive literary definition of a Cinquain.

Brief Definition

A Cinquain is a type of poem that was originally created by Brooklyn born poet, Adelaide Crapsey. This type of poem utilizes five, non-rhyming line, with different syllables required for each line. The syllable pattern follows this pattern: for line one – two syllables; for line two – four syllables; for line three – six syllables; for line four – eight syllables; and for line five – two syllables again.

The cinquain is considered a type of shape poetry. This is because when you use the proper syllables for each line, a symmetrical, unique shape will be created, from the descriptive and interesting works you use. The actual cinquain is derived from the Latin root for the word “five,” which makes sense since this poem is made up of five lines.

While the traditional cinquain poem utilizes syllables to determine what words to use on each line, there are variations that have been created by modern poets. Some of the most common variations include the reverse cinquain, which basically uses the syllable structure mentioned above in reverse, and the mirror cinquain which is made up of two five-line stanzas, which use the original syllable structure, followed by the reverse syllable structure. 

Cinquain Poem Example

Winter - Traditional Cinquain

The kiss of death
That downs the autumn leaves
To burn in crimson flames beneath
The ice 


Author:  Elaine Cecelia George, of Canada

Awarded:  First Place in Brian Strand's
                 Traditional Cinquain Contest
Awarded:   Fourth place in Catie Lindsay's
                  Traditional Cinquain Contest

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