Activity Types: Cinquain Poetry

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What is Cinquain Poetry?

Cinquain poetry is a form of poetry consisting of a stanza with five lines. The first line has two syllables, the second line has four syllables, the third line has six syllables and the fourth line has eight syllables, the final line has two syllables.

Advantages for use in the classroom:

  • Excellent method for teaching structure of poetry

  • Works well for vocabulary development

  • Encourages use of words for imagery

Disadvantages for use in the classroom:

  • Structure of cinquains can be limiting for some forms of expression

Examples:

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Brock University
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University of Texas at Austin (retired)
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