5. Cinquain

The cinquain is one of the few poetic forms I remember having tried out when I first started writing ten years ago. Of course, being the seven-year old that I was back then, I had no idea what meter or adjectives or nouns were; all I knew was that I liked writing. That was enough.

There are many variations of the cinquain, but I’ll start out with the one I believe most will be familiar with. A cinquain is usually composed of five lines, and follows a meter of two syllables in the first line, then four, six, eight, and finally two in the last.


Clandestine sins
Hidden deep within time;
Fallen, despised, unaccepted:

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