The fall season is full of inspiration. With the ever-changing colors all around and two of the best holidays of the year, you’re sure to feel exhilarated. Why not channel some of that energy in a poetic way? This Autumn Cinquain Poetry Lesson helps spin a beautiful web of words in just one simple exercise.
I think poetry is a brilliant way to express yourself in writing without having to invest a lot of time.
My kids aren’t big on writing.
They often will feel overwhelmed and “stuck” when they are given long writing assignments.
This is why I use poetry as a standard writing tool in our home school.
“The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit, and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.”James Gates Percival
Poems can be acutely short, just a few words, or a bit more lengthy depending on the type of poem you’re writing.
For shorter poems, we complete them in one sitting.
However, when working on longer ones, we spread them out over a couple of sessions to really make them something special.
This Autumn Cinquain Poetry Lesson is what I would call a short, one session poem.
Cinquain poems are relatively simple to craft so they don’t take a lot of time.
I like to take one topic and write more that one cinquain about it. It can be interesting to see what can come of just changing your focus or perspective on the topic.
Say you are writing about your Thanksgiving turkey.
You may use words like juicy, delicious, or tasty if you’re referring to your own perspective of the turkey dish you ate for dinner.
Now, if you were to change the perspective to that of the turkey, your poem would read quite differently.
It may include words like fear, dread, or trepidation to describe how the turkey feels about becoming your turkey dinner.
Although each cinquain poem is about a turkey, you can see just how distinctively different they would be.
So now let’s talk about how to write a cinquain poem.
A cinquain poem is a shape poem.
It naturally creates a specific shape, like a tree, when you write it centered on a page.
Each line has a certain number of words that if followed correctly, make the shape.
Line one is one word, two is two words, three is three, four is four, and five is one word again.
Here is the shape it makes:
A cinquain also, like most poem types, has a specific set of rules that make up the poem.
The rules are pretty simple though.
line 1 – one-word title line
2 – two adjectives describing the title line
3 – three -ing verbs line
4 – a four-word phrase that expresses the feeling line
5 – one word that means the same thing as the title
Here is an example of a cinquain poem I wrote:
Changing, blowing, falling
Pumpkin spice lick your lips,
Notice the natural “tree” shape it makes. Cinquain poems are not only fun to write, but they are visually pleasing as well.
Are you ready to add these gorgeous cinquain poems to your fall lineup?
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