Cinquain Poems

What is a cinquain?

Cinquain, pronounced sin-cane, is a non-rhyming five-lined poem.

Line 1 is the topic of the cinquain, usually a noun. It can be either a two-syllable word or two single syllable words.

Line 2 is four syllables that describe the topic. Adjectives.

Line 3 is six syllables that show action. Action verbs.

Line 4 is eight syllables. This line can be a sentence or words that express feeling.

(Five Lined Poetry by Elizabeth Vetter)

Hermit Crab
Hermit crab
Hard, mad
Crawling, peeking-out, digging
He crawls in another shell.
Pinching Crab


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2 comments on “Cinquain Poems
  1. wordwand says:

    thanks for the i,structive post.good presentation.

  2. kathrin says:

    it’s really cool and it’s going to influence kids to learn
    about cinquains

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