Cinquain Poetry

A cinquain is an example of shape poetry. Because of the exact number of words required for each line of this poem, a unique, symmetrical shape is created from interesting, descriptive words.

A cinquain poem can have different forms, but the most common follows a syllable pattern for each line: 2, 4, 6, 8, 2.  We followed this pattern in class to create cinquain poems in groups;

Line 1 – 2 syllables  subject or noun

Line 2 – 4 syllables  adjectives describing the subject

Line 3 – 6 syllables verbs outlining what happens

Line 4 – 8 syllables describes your feelings

Line 5 – 2 syllables original ending




The Snow,

White and freezing

Falling, building, throwing,

Beautiful on the ground outside,





Fun and merry,

Wrapping and opening,

Giving and receiving presents,





Jolly, joyful

Decorating the town,

Spending time with my family,




Cheerful, jolly

Singing, giving, playing,

Throwing snowballs at each other





Category: English, Writing Genres
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