Cinquetin

  • The Cinquetun (spelled Cinquetin in The Study and Writing of Poetry by Wauneta Hackleman) appears to be an invented verse form that is a longer version of the Crapsey Cinquain. It kind of defeats the purpose of the compactness of the original form, but then allows for broader images and an even meter. This verse form was created by E. Ernest Murrell.The Cinquetun is:
    • a hexastich, a poem in 6 lines.
    • syllabic, lines of  8/6/10/6/8/2 syllables each.
    • rhymed, rhyme scheme axbaxb, x being unrhymed.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My Example Poem
Why This?     (Cinquetin)
For those who wish to hide their rime
the cinquetin should do.
All twice-removed they share not a line-length.
Asymmetry’s no crime
but humans don’t consider it
a strength.
© Lawrencealot – March 13, 2013
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