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Cinquain Poems

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.

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Premium Member Poem A Word Hobo Last Ride Word Hobo adventure, age, music, youth,
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Dayenu, Amazing Grace -- work in progress Michelle Smith blessing, gospel, jesus, jewish,
Premium Member Poem CRITTERS William Kekaula insect, nature,
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Premium Member Poem 'BLOODHOUND' William Kekaula analogy, animal, confusion, depression,
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Premium Member Poem BLOODHOUND William Kekaula animal, blue, confusion, depression,
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LIBERTY IN CHRIST Beata Agustin appreciation, christian, faith, freedom,
Duckling Panagiota Romios pets, poems,
Wet Day, My First Cinquain Panagiota Romios race,
Bridges Pradipta Roy Choudhury analogy, journey, travel,
DIVINE BREAK Beata Agustin appreciation, blessing, christian, faith,
COUNSEL OF GOD Beata Agustin appreciation, blessing, faith, god,
Love is allen beilschmidt sr. dark, love,
JOYOUS WALK Beata Agustin appreciation, blessing, christian, faith,
Spring allen beilschmidt sr. flower, spring,
prayer for future of the planet jake aller evil, muse, poetess,
READY Beata Agustin character, christian, faith, god,
RIGHTEOUS WAITING Beata Agustin christian, devotion, faith, god,
vacuity MAHTAB BANGALEE sad,
Addiction Pailey Gordon 10th grade, addiction,
Premium Member Poem fgadfg Team PoetrySoup blue, boxing day ,
GROW IN WISDOM Beata Agustin bible, christian, education, faith,
Empty promises Stewart Annie Everestus jobs, pain,
three april cinquain poems jake aller i love you, image,
three april cinquain poems jake aller i love you, image,
Premium Member Poem flower Sara Kendrick blessing, flower,
Premium Member Poem My Destiny Dear Heart death,
THANKFUL HEART Beata Agustin appreciation, blessing, faith, god,
Premium Member Poem Juniper Purple James Edward Lee Sr. analogy, appreciation, flower,
REWARDING WORK Beata Agustin appreciation, christian, devotion, faith,
GUARANTEED BLESSINGS Beata Agustin blessing, christian, encouraging, faith,
BEGIN WITH GOD Beata Agustin christian, dedication, devotion, faith,
Estate Sale Frank Polgar memory,
HOTMAIL password reset phone number 1800 828 0294 asif mohammad asif allegory,
Only Human Frank Polgar character, people,
June Days Cal Barkley environment, hope, june, love,
Premium Member Poem Pleasure James Study emotions, life, passion,
Comforter Darlene De Beaulieu image,
The Stars Rachel Schlichting death, loneliness, star, stars,
Bullet Train Pradipta Roy Choudhury for teens, happy, imagery,
Tinsel Alesia Leach christmas,
Premium Member Poem Zwieback Caren Krutsinger food,
Premium Member Poem Zombie Caren Krutsinger symbolism,
Premium Member Poem The Surge arthur vaso character, introspection, philosophy, poetry,
Premium Member Poem Wolf Song Caren Krutsinger 6th grade, 8th grade,
Premium Member Poem Your Tambourine Dance Caren Krutsinger 10th grade, 11th grade,
Snow is Falling Laura Wettlaufer deep, peace, snow, symbolism,
Rendering Real Worship Bernard F. Asuncion birthday,
Tinsel Nancy Beckman christmas, earth,
Premium Member Poem Tiny Powerhouses Caren Krutsinger 10th grade, 11th grade,
Premium Member Poem New Grass Caren Krutsinger 10th grade, 11th grade,

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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