Cinquains: Substituting Sentences for SyllablesLike lunes, there are two forms of cinquain: a syllable-counting form and a word-counting form. Since much confusion resulted when I described both forms of the lune at once, I described only the syllable-count cinquain in my first primer on cinquains. Now that a number of you have done the syllable-count cinquains, and critiqued them -- here's the alternatives:
Line 1: one word (may be the title)
And here's a second word-pattern -- don't get confused now. :)
Line 1: subject word (noun)
Like the lune, the word-form alternative was developed by poets working with children -- but has caught on with other poets.
EXERCISE: Word Count CinquainWrite one or more cinquains in each of the word-count patterns.
GUIDELINES FOR CRITIQUEThe basic focus for critique is whether the poem fit the form. We won't have the confusion due to regional pronunciations over "is that a two-syllable word or a three-syllable word" :) but now we get to debate over "is that a verb or a noun?" With the things that corporation-speak and advertising have done to the language lately, that might generate some confusion. I am curious to find out if we can all agree on what nouns, adjectives and verbs are. :)
A good web-reference on cinquain is the AHA! Poetry Cinquain Homepage.