1. OurJud

    OurJud Contributor Contributor

    May 21, 2009
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    The cinquain

    Discussion in 'Poetry' started by OurJud, Jul 20, 2018.

    While browsing poetry forms I happened across a definition of the cinquain and thought I'd give it a go.

    Much harder than I imagined for such a short format, and I suspect my first effort pretty much sucks, but it's still nice to have done one now. Another one I can tick off the list (not that I'm suggesting writing one poem in a given format means you've cracked it, but at least I've familiarised myself with the format now).

    Anyone else written them? What's your process? Definition?

    The definition I read went as follows:

    Five lines, 22 syllables in total.

    Line 1: 1 word, 2 syllables (the title)
    Line 2: 2 words, 4 syllables (describing the title)
    Line 3: 3 words, 6 syllables (tell the action)
    Line 4: 4 words, 8 syllables (express the feeling)
    Line 5: 1 word, 2 syllables (reflecting the title)

    This was my effort, for what it's worth.

    skulking above
    carbonised clouds cracking,
    lifting pressure, pushing upwards,
  2. EFMingo

    EFMingo A Modern Dinosaur Staff Supporter Contributor

    Nov 10, 2014
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    San Diego, California
    Sorry, I know this has been long since passed up, but I feel it could be pretty revivable as a fun thread to try.

    I like your poem quite a bit actually. Was there a specific meter order set in place as well?
    As far from you poem I see:
    1). Trochee
    2). Trochee Iamb (possibly trochee?)
    3). Trochee Trochee Trochee
    4). Trochee Trochee Trochee Trochee
    5). Trochee

    Purposeful? Or did it just come out that way?

    I'll give this a go in a little while. Seems like a fun challenges that I can also check off my list.

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