The traditional cinquain is based on a syllable count.
- line 1 – 2 syllables
- line 2 – 4 syllables
- line 3 – 6 syllables
- line 4 – 8 syllables
- line 5 – 2 syllables
The modern cinquain is based on a specific number of words and their functions.
- line 1 – one word (noun) a title or name of the subject
- line 2 – two words (adjectives) describing the subject
- line 3 – three words (verbs) describing an action related to the subject
- line 4 – four words (adjectives) describing a feeling about the subject, or a complete (four word) sentence
- line 5 – one word referring back to the subject of the poem
Here is an example of a modern cinquain from a little girl of my household:
Smiling, sleeping, laughing,
Soft, warm, squishy, delightful,
I have written a …. rebuttal… if you will, in the traditional style of the syllable count. Of course, I love our baby to bits, so it’s tongue in cheek…..kind of 😉
long, endless nights
waking, crying, feeding
longing for that blessed relief:
If you decide to try your hand at writing a cinquain;
1. Post it on your blog
2. Leave a comment here with a link to the post
3. Check the links in the comments, and explore what creative genius is out there!
If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your cinquain in the comments here: we’ll still get to enjoy it.
Come, friends, dazzle me with your lyrical powers! ( I know you can do it 😀 )