How to Write a Cinquain

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At the most basic level a cinquin is a five line poem or stanza. Here are two 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