Onomatopoetry: Cinquain

An unrhymed five line poem or quintet, the Cinquain was developed by American poet: Adelaide Crapsey.

Lines run 1, 2, 3, 4, and 1 stresses with 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllables respectively.
Line 1  noun
Line 2  descriptive phrase
Line 3  action phrase
Line 4  emotive phrase
Line 5 two syllable ending
The form is illustrated by Crapsey in the poem: November Night.
Listen...
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees
And fall.
Other variations exist but this one is the original format.

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Workshop


Cinquains can be created for any topic or emotion. This poetic form gives poets structure without hindering their creativity.
 
Workshop Assignment 1: Write separate five line Cinquains about each of the four seasons.

Workshop Assignment 2: Write a Cinquain using only nouns and verbs, with no connecting articles, adjectives, adverbs, or phraseology. 

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