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    The CINQUAIN is a five-line, 22-syllable poem with emphasis on the amount of syllables in each stanza. Usually unrhymed, the cinquain is attributed to American poet Adelaide Crapsey who created the form based on the Japanese haiku. The syllabic line breaks are as such:

    2, 4, 6, 8, 2

    Another form, sometimes used by school teachers to teach grammar, is as follows:

    Line 1: Noun
    Line 2: Description of Noun
    Line 3: Action
    Line 4: Feeling or Effect
    Line 5: Synonym of the initial noun.


    Line 1 is one word (the title)
    Line 2 is two words that describe the title.
    Line 3 is three words that tell the action
    Line 4 is four words that express the feeling
    Line 5 is one word that recalls the title

    Example by Adelaide Crapsey:

    excerpt from November Night

    LISTEN . . .
    With faint dry sound,
    Like steps of passing ghosts,
    The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees
    And fall.

    Posted By MsJacquiiC | Sep 6, 2006

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