Wordplay Wednesday   Poetry Palooza!

 

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We are continuing to celebrate April as National Poetry Month.

 

So far we have explored free verse, acrostics and diamantes.

 

Today we are going to work with cinquains, which are poems of five lines. The name comes from the French word, cinq, which means five.
There are several variations of the cinquain, all of which follow a pattern of either a prescribed number of words or syllables. As with diamantes, each line of a cinquain is made up of a specific word type.

 

I am going to show the form which follows the syllable pattern of 2,4,6,8,2.

 

Line 1:   2 syllables    A one word title ( noun)
Line 2: 4 syllables     Two words that describe the title. ( adjectives)
Line 3: 6 syllables     Three  words that express action.( verbs ending in –ing)
Line 4: 8 syllables       Four words that tell more about Line 1.
Line 5   2 syllables       One word synonym for the title.

 

Having to use words with a certain number of syllables creates a bit more challenge for writing a cinquain.
You may have to brainstorm a bit to find words that fit.
This would be a great warm-up exercise before a writing session to get the grey matter loose and limber!

 

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A simpler form calls for using a certain number of words for each line in a 1,2,3,4,1 pattern. You might want to play around with that as well.

 

Here is my cinquain.

 

                                                              Writer
                                                 Mindful, inspired
                                        Thinking, plotting, scribbling
                                       Moving  fingers create  stories
                                                         Wordsmith

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Give cinquains a try.  Post your efforts in the comments if you like.
 Come on in, the water’s fine!  Have some fun with poetry!

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