There are two different types of cinquain commonly seen and used:
The traditional 5-line cinquain format:
line 1 - 2 syllables
line 2 - 4 syllables
line 3 - 6 syllables
line 4 - 8 syllables
line 5 - 2 syllables
The modern 5-line cinquain format:
line 1 - one word (noun) name of the subject
line 2 - two words (adjectives) describing the
line 3 - three words (verbs) describing an
action related to the subject
line 4 - four words describing a feeling about
the subject or a complete sentence
line 5 - one word referring back to the subject
of the poem
(an example of a traditional cinquain)
To the window to look
Work stops and people start talking
(an example of a modern cinquain)
Growing, reaching, standing
Witness to the past
Challenge yourself by devoting a page in your journal or your writer's notebook to cinquain poems.
Write about a topic of your choice using a CINQUAIN. A cinquain is a five-line poem (it doesn't rhyme) that matches either the traditional format or the modern format.
Here is a cinquain template for both types of cinquain. It might help you create the perfect cinquain.
Don't have a topic to write to? Are you sure? If you really don't, press the button below until you find one that intrigues you enough to write to it.