Hopefully, you’ve tried your hand at writing the form poem called the Cinquain, created by American poet Adelaide Crapsey.
Since you now have a little Cinquain experience behind you through our previous prompts, why not experiment a little this time? To build on the traditional form, there are a few adaptations to add challenge to your repertoire.
This week we will try the Reverse Cinquain.
If you’d like to refresh your memory on writing the traditional Cinquain, please visit our original post here.
As the name suggests, this is still a traditional Cinquain with its structure reversed.
The first line has 2 syllables, the second has 8 syllables, the third line has six syllables, and the fourth has 4 syllables. Finally, the fifth and last line has 2 syllables.
Try It: A Reverse Cinquain Poem
So remember the order— 2,8,6,4,2 and start writing a Cinquain switcheroo! Consider writing your Cinquain about something that’s backwards, or moves in reverse— like backing the car into the garage after a long day at work. Remember, the Cinquain often tells a story so start thinking of clever ways to captivate with your poetry.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here is a poem from Shannon we enjoyed:
though dreams linger.
A letter from heaven
I couldn’t read; the writing looked
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How to Write a Poem uses images like the buzz, the switch, the wave—from the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”—to guide writers into new ways of writing poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology and prompts included.
“How to Write a Poem is a classroom must-have.”
—Callie Feyen, English Teacher, Maryland