Definition of Cinquain Poetry

Cinquain Poetry has five lines.

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

American poet Adelaide Crapsey created the cinquain poem basing it on Japanese haiku.

Example of Cinquain Poetry Type


Red, Green

Flying, Squawking, Landing

A flash of light


© Jo Bryant




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