The Cinquain is a five-line poem. Its name is derived from the French word “cinq” which means “Five”. There are many variations of Cinquain poetry, but the one used most often in schools and for beginning poets is called the Didactic Cinquain. Word count (not syllables) is important in this type of poem. The first line is a one-word title which is the subject of the poem. The second line is a pair of adjectives describing that title; the third line is a three-word phrase that gives more information about the subject; the fourth line is made up of four words that describe feelings/emotions related to the subject; while the fifth line is a single word synonym or other reference for the subject used in line one.
Title (One word)
Two Adjectives describing the title (Two words)
Three-word phrase with more information about the title (Three words)
Four words describing feelings about the title (Four words)
Synonym for subject in line one (One word)
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