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Essays on how to write specific forms:
Haibun. Haiga. Haiku. Hay(na)ku. Rengay. Renku. Tanka.
Cinquain. Concrete. Ghazal. Lai. Pantoum. Prose poem. Rondeau. Rubáiyát.
Sestina. Skaldic verse. Sonnet. Terza rima. Triolet. Tritina. Villanelle.
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|Haiku by Bashō. Haiku by Shiki. Haiku by J. Zimmerman. Tanka by J. Zimmerman.|
The Cinquain Verse Form
by J. Zimmerman.
|Lines 1 to 5 have 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllables|
Some exercises (e.g. falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/poeform.htm) suggest that to learn the format one can use a different topic for each line:
|Line 1||2 syllables; one word, giving title|
|Line 2||4 syllables; two words, describing title|
|Line 3||6 syllables; three words, expressing action|
|Line 4||8 syllables; four words, expressing a feeling|
|Line 5||2 syllables; another word for the title.|
But that limitation should be discarded as soon as possible.
"Triad" by Adelaide Crapsey These be Three silent things: The falling snow ... the hour Before the dawn ... the mouth of one Just dead
By contrast, the quiz.ravenblack.net site (page poeticform.pl) has a less positive position on the cinquain:
Rubbish. Yes, I'm rubbish. I am the cinquain, and Believe (unjustly) I'm clever. Rubbish.
Just because you start with the intention of writing a cinquain, you do not have to keep your poem in that form if it does not work for you. Your attempt to write a formal poem may help you find words that you would not have found otherwise. And you may decide that you choose to end up with a poem in a different form, perhaps even a prose poem.
Books of Poetry Form. Alphabetic list of poetry forms, etc. How to Write Poetry.
© 2010-2013 by J. Zimmerman.
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