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:
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:
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.