I’ve recently been introduced to a kind of poetry I haven’t met before – cinquain poetry. This literally means five-line poems, but under the influence of forms like haiku some of the five-liners have gathered sets of rules and formalities, and the term ‘cinquain poem’ now has a more limited meaning.
A common pattern is:
There is also two, four, six, eight, two syllables.
For some the rules are more prescriptive:
Two adjectives describing the noun
Three –ing words describing its actions
A phrase about it
One word that sums up or is a synonym for the first
I haven’t had much experience with this kind of poem, but here is one of mine as a sample:
Growing, spreading, rustling
In the wild wood