Cinquains Poems For Kids: How To Write And Examples Of It

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Cinquain poems for kids were first introduced in the early 20th century by a poet from America, Adelaide Crapsey. These five-lined poems are popular among children because they have just a few words in every line, making them easy and fun to remember. Cinquain poems have been inspired by Japanese poems, haiku, and tanka.

Learn more about children’s cinquain poems in this post.

What Is A Cinquain Poem?

Cinquain, pronounced as sin-cane, is an easy-to-write poetry style as it has only five lines, with few words in each line. The first and the last lines have only two syllables, whereas the middle verses have a few more words. This writing style gives a diamond shape or a tree-like shape to the poem.

The most common type of cinquain is the American cinquain. A variant of the American cinquain, known as didactic cinquain, is taught at the school level.

Though they are only five lines long, cinquains tell us a story. Not just description words, they also have action words or conclusions.

How To Write Cinquain Poems?

There are different methods of writing a cinquain. Here we share the traditional style as defined by Crapsey. While writing a cinquain poem, there are a few basic rules to follow.

  1. Cinquains should have five lines.
  2. They should have two syllables in the first line, four syllables in the second line, six syllables in the third, eight syllables in the fourth, and two syllables in the last line.
  3. Cinquains need not necessarily have rhyming words. It is up to the writer to include them or not.

Let your children follow these simple and easy steps to learn how to write cinquain poems.

  1. Choose and decide the topic about which you want to write.
  2. Brainstorm for some words and phrases that are apt and suit your topic.
  3. Think about the suitable short story you want to tell using those words.
  4. While making sure that your syllable count matches the cinquain form of writing, jot down the words and phrases you have decided for forming a cinquain poem.

10 Examples Of Cinquains Poems For Kids

Listed below are a few examples of some simple cinquain poems. Make your children read these to get some inspiration.

1. Life

Life
A journey
Enjoy it today
Like there’s no tomorrow
Precious

– Kavya

2. The Days Of School

School Days
Crazy, boring
Work! Work! Work! Too much work!
The last days are always the best
All done.

– David Kulczyk

3. Water

Water
To drink
And to clean
An ambrosia for life
Paramount

– Chandra Thiagarajan

4. Drifting Clouds

Clouds
Slowly drifting
Across the horizon
Looking for a dry
Place

– Heather Burns

5. Existence

Existence
Joyous, melancholy
Creating, flowing, demolishing,
Energy that is life and death
Vitality

– Anita Sehgal

6. Seal Pup

Seal pup
Color of snow
Camouflage will not be
Enough to fool the nose of great
White bear

– Kim Barney

7. Ice Cream

Ice cream
I love ice cream
I could eat it all-day
But it always gives me toothache
Not fair

– David Wood

8. Rainbows

Rainbows
Span endless sky
Through distant lands and seas
Colors connecting you and I
With peace.

– Cynthia Buhain-Baello

9. The Sky

The sky
Grows light and pink
As the sun rises and
Warms the sleepy mountains with a
Soft kiss

– Maria Herron

10. Backtrack

Backtrack
As you try to take back harsh words
Spoken far too quickly;
It’s hard to say
Sorry.

– C Richard Miles

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are cinquains usually about?

Clinquains poems can be used to give a vivid image of anything, be it a person, place, food, or scenery.

2. Where do cinquain poems come from?

The origin of cinquain poems dates back to medieval French poetry and has examples in the European languages book (1).

3. Why is it called cinquain?

The term “cinquain” is derived from French, where the word “cinq” means five. These poems or stanzas are therefore composed of five lines.

Cinquain poems for kids are fun and easy to write. You just have to remember a few basic rules, such as it should have five lines, the first and the last lines should have two syllables, and the second, third, and fourth lines have four, six, and eight syllables, respectively. Your children may pick up any topic of their choice and create a cinquain poem based on it. So, let them read the poems provided here and understand the concept. Then, they can be imaginative and start creating their own verses.

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Sravani Rebbapragada

Sravani holds a post-graduate degree in Biotechnology from SRM University, Chennai. Being an avid reader, she keeps herself up to date with research. Her interest lies in teaching new things to children in creative ways. For MomJunction, she covers literature and information/ facts articles for kids. Sravani likes to unwind by teaching to her son, spending time with her family,... more

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