How to Write Cinquain Poetry
There is a wide variety of poetry. From my last count, there are at least 55. As with all writings, it's important to understand each form and technique before deciding which best fits the purpose of what we are about to write. Writing blindly will show--the reader will notice.
Like many poetry forms, the cinquain is virtually an unknown style outside the hardcore poet world. Nonetheless, it is a fantastic way to show your views and express yourself.
A cinquain is made up of three separate methods and each holds a specific purpose. The three styles are outlined below:
- This style may be written about anything. However, it's often still used to describe a person, place, or thing. Nonetheless, there's nothing wrong about stepping outside the box.
Line1: One word
Line2: Two words
Line 3: Three words
Line 4: Four words
Line 5: One word
- This poem is strictly about a specific noun, but not (usually) a specific person--in rare occasions, I have seen them about specific objects. For example, it may be about a cup, a specific trophy, a sport, a sportsman.
Line1: A noun
Line2: Two adjectives
Line 3: Three -ing words
Line 4: A phrase
Line 5: Another word for the noun
- This style of cinquain is most easily adapted to various subjects. Feel free to use it any way you like, just stick to the form.
Line1: Two syllables
Line2: Four syllables
Line 3: Six syllables
Line 4: Eight syllables
Line 5: Two syllables
When writing a cinquain poem, it is important to stay on topic, keep your audience interested, and express emotion. To be successful when writing this poetic form, the poet must carefully construct a meaningful, beautiful, and overwhelming poem.
Keep it interesting, unique, and fun. When you write, be sure to be inspired. Inspired poetry makes for the best writing and best read. Being inspired shows within the poem. It shows within the voice of the poet and within the chosen words the author uses.