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13 Examples of Cinquain Poems

Muhammad Rafiq is a freelance writer, blogger, and translator with a master's degree in English literature from the University of Malakand.

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What is Cinquain Poem

A cinquain is a short poem that has five lines and is written in the English language. It has become increasingly popular in recent years because of its simplicity. Adelaide Crapsey was the one who came up with this lovely poetry over a century ago. Its structure is similar to that of Japanese literary genres like haiku and tanka. Adelaide Crapsey published a collection of cinquain poems, called Verse, in 1915. There were 28 cinquains in this beautiful collection of cinquain poems.

Cinquains, in contrast to other styles of poetry, are easy to write and read because they contain only a few words in each line, making them a good choice for kids and beginners. Despite the fact that the start and last lines of the poem include only two syllables, the middle lines are somewhat longer, giving the poem a diamond-like shape, which is similar to other poetic genera known as the diamante poems in structure. It's worth noting that the structure of cinquain has evolved considerably over time.

The first line of a cinquain is only two syllables long. Its second line has four syllables. The third line of a cinquain is composed of six syllables. The fourth line of a cinquain is composed of eight syllables. The fifth line of a cinquain is only two syllables long.

Examples of Cinquain Poems

I've selected the cinquain examples below to help you understand the cinquain poems. These illustrated cinquain poems can assist your children in mimicking the structure of the poem and attempting to write it on their own.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Muhammad Rafiq

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