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Cinquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem consisting of twenty-two syllables distributed as 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, in five lines.

Another form, sometimes used by school teachers to teach grammar, is as follows:

Line 1: Noun
Line 2: Description of Noun
Line 3: Action
Line 4: Feeling or Effect
Line 5: Synonym of the initial noun. (Shadow Poetry Website)

Warning: my second poem was not meant to offend those of softer sensibilities…

An Example of a Cinquain:

(A Winter Celebration)

green mistletoe
a kiss smile and a wink
cookie crumbs and a glass of milk

Here I sandwiched in a Cinquain with 2 Tetractys

(a divine answer

Young girl
Divine rape
The chosen child
Cuckold, betrayed; Joseph seeks an answer

Grace and beauty
Golden light warm embrace
She lay on sanctified soil

Husband in name only; doing God’s work
The angels swore
Doubt no more
Have some

In this piece I did a Variation- a triple with some syllable alteration:

(The Heart is more than a muscle)

My Heart
missing a beat
a blood revolution
caught unawares by this vicious

Your Heart
in much distress
a great love turned sour
nothing but pain and one bad head

Our Hearts
once filled with love
now laid in waste and ruin
weak foundations just crumble and

nature weeps, the devil sings
at man’s greed and pride
and what it brings

just lots of useless
little things…

"He was the brightest of all the stars
of heaven, and even ripped and torn
in half, he still shone with a fire of a
billion suns. With a mighty roar
and a Big Bang, he imploded and
exploded out of the nothingness; and
the flow of Time began.”

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The following comments are for "Form Poetry Basics: Cinquain"
by TheRedCockroach

I tried to center these but the bb code on lit does not offer centering. I always center cinquain - and many of these simpler forms for effect.


( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: February 21, 2011 )

arghh ...
I'm going to use an old one of mine that I believe .. hopefully .. follows the teacher's version.

Briny blue greens
Rhythmic tidal forces
Embodies liquid harmony

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 21, 2011 )

2, 4, 6, 8, 2
measure of weight
keen eye on scale's needle
butcher's authority in question
two pounds?

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 22, 2011 )

2, 4, 6, 8, 2

Russian marten
cold comfort skinned martyr
weasel upscaled fashion nonsense
fur coat

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 22, 2011 )

they're all quintains after all both a stanza name and a form name focus's your mind on what is important.

( Posted by: bhagwandave [Member] On: February 24, 2011 )

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