Write a Cinquain

A cinquain is a five line poem. It has very strict rules about the number of syllables in each line.

RULES

Line 1 has 2 syllables and states the poem’s topic.

Line 2 has 4 syllables and describes the topic.

Line 3 has 6 syllables and expresses action.

Line 4 has 8 syllables and expresses feeling.

Line 5 has 2 syllables and describes the topic.

Try this site if you want help counting the syllables for use in your poem.

Here is a cinquain about Lord Rollo from Catherine Called Birdy.  It was written by 7th grade students in class in about 3 minutes :

Rollo

Disgusting, fat

Slaps Birdy all the time

Greedy for riches and silver

Alehead

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