Angry and Mad
Rips through Concrete Landscapes
Floods away Remains of Yesterday
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Closing Off Doors
Howling Wind, Rain, Darkness
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These cinquain poems were inspired from Featured Fiction’s #29 Disaster Thriller prompt. Challenge accepted for cinquain poem and featured theme: “The world is plagued by a series of strange weather phenomena. You find yourself trapped in a city, completely unprepared and cut off from the rest of civilization.”
Armageddon is in syllable pattern (2,4,6,8,2) and Unprepared is in word cinquain pattern.
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Want to learn how to write a cinquain poem?
I did, and this is what I found out! The cinquain (pronounced ‘sin-cane’ not ‘sin-kwane’) or also known as the quintain or quintet; is a poem or stanza composed of 5 lines. The cinquain poetry is similar to haiku in that the rules for writing them are based on syllables.
Cinquain syllables in the following pattern:
Line 1 – 2 syllables
Line 2 – 4 syllables
Line 3 – 6 syllables
Line 4 – 8 syllables
Line 5 – 2 syllables
An alternative version of the cinquain poem, often called a ‘word cinquain’ is based on words, instead of syllables.
Word cinquain is in the following pattern:
Line 1 – 1 word
Line 2 – 2 words
Line 3 – 3 words
Line 4 – 4 words
Line 5 – 1 word
There are various opinions on what makes a good cinquain poem. Some feel it’s best to organize to tell a story and admittedly I enjoy these kind due to the mental construction it leaves behind for the reader. However, poetic devices such as assonance and alliteration can be used to help make cinquain poems memorable. It’s purely up to your creative juices as there is no real wrong way to go about poetry.
Cinquain sample common story telling pattern:
Line 1 – Subject
Line 2 – Description
Line 3 – Action
Line 4 – Feeling
Line 5 – Conclusion