Definition of Cinquain:

A stanza of five lines.  See Quintet

The Cinquain form:

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 of Cinquain #1:

Grey months
Dens stirring quietly
A restlessness for Spring

This cinquain is an example of how the form has a haiku-like simplicity.  The subject of this cinquain is Winter and nature is often used in this form of poetry.

Example of Cinquain #2:

Silent friend
Looking at me
A persistent pleading look

This poem shows how cinquains do not always repeat the first and fifth line.  The fifth line of a cinquain need only reference the first.

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Cinquain poetry.

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See also:    Quintet