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Various Forms of Poetry Writing

A cinquain at the most basic level is a five line poem or stanza.  There are several variations.  It is a form of poetry, written using a recipe.   The words you choose and the form they take on paper are an important part of the writing.  Check this out — it looks almost like a diamond.   Some people even call it a diamond poem.  Here are three variations:

Line 1 - a one word title Line 2 - a 2 word phrase that describes your title or you can just use two words Line 3 - a 3 word phrase that describes an action relating to your title or just actions words Line 4 - a 4 word phrase that describes a feeling relating to your topic or just feeling words Line 5 - one word that refers back to your title

Line 1 - two syllables Line 2 - four syllables Line 3 - six syllables Line 4 - eight syllables Line 5 - two syllables

Line1: one word to name the subject

tree

Line 2: two words to describe it

tall, green

Line 3: three action words about it

growing, reaching, standing

Line 4: a four or five word phrase describing the subject (a thought, not a complete sentence)

a witness to the past

Line 5: one word that means the same thing as the first word, or a word that sums it all up.

future

tree tall, green growing, reaching, standing a witness to the past future

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