Poetic Form: Cinquain

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

You’ve likely all heard of haikus before and maybe even tankas. These poems rely on syllable count to give them form. Adelaide Crapsey is credited with creating the more modern poetic form called the cinquain inspired by these other poems. It is a five-line poem with a syllable count rinsing by two for the first four lines and dropping back down for the last. Your syllables should be 2, 4, 6, 8, 2. Unlike the Japanese forms that inspired it, there isn’t much mention that the cinquain focuses on nature. Your subject matter is all up to you.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

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