Onomatopoetry: Cinquain Variation 1

An unrhymed ten line poem,  Cinquain Variation 1 was developed by American poet: DL Mullan.

Lines run 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 with  2, 4, 6, 8, 2, 2, 8, 6, 4, 2 syllables respectively. 
Line 1 two syllable adjective/adverb
Line 2 descriptive phrase
Line 3 action phrase
Line 4 emotive phrase
Line 5 two syllable action verb
Line 6 two syllable action verb
Line 7 emotive phrase 
Line 8 action phrase
Line 9 descriptive phrase
Line 10 two syllable action verb
The form is illustrated by DL Mullan in the poem: Inferno (from her chapbook Effloresce).
shining vessels
as flames roar and shrubs snap-
the earth is a fire warrior
early morning ignites, sunless
as small creatures escape
from smoke and blazed
Other variations exist but this one is the original format.



Cinquain Variation 1 can be created for any topic or emotion. This poetic form gives poets structure without hindering their creative expression.
Workshop Assignment 1: Write separate ten line Cinquain Variation 1 poems about four different emotional states: love, anger, happiness, sadness, etc.

Workshop Assignment 2: Write a ten line Cinquain Variation 1 poem about a political topic of your choice.


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