The Doublet is a little known form created by Adelaide Crapsey, (1878-1914) who is better known for her innovative”Crapsey” Cinquain. Ms. Crapsey’s grounding in English metric verse combined with her studies of Asian poetry helps to make her “small poem” frames fit the English language a little better than the syllabic parameters of Asian forms. The doublet is a 2 line poem but it incorporates the title into the poem, in effect creating a 3 line verse. Some compare it to the haiku.

The Doublet is:
• is a distich with an integrated title which in effect creates a 3 line poem.
• syllabic, each line 10 syllables or less.
• rhymed, aa. The title is not rhymed.

On Seeing Weather-Beaten Trees by Adelaide Crapsey 
Is it as plainly in our living shown,
By slant and twist, which way the wind hath blown?

When Starting a New Diet by Judi Van Gorder 
Gather the tools to guide your way,
resolve and commitment begin the day.

Since we already know how this will end by Zoe Fitzgerald 
I find it fully pointless to pursue 
A reconciled relationship with you.

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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My Example

So Let’s Work at This Love We’ve Found

By accident do most men steer
and stumble into love that’s dear.

© Lawrencealot – December 7, 2014

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Didactic cinquain

A Didactic cinquain is sometimes used by school teachers to teach grammar, is as follows:
Line 1: Noun
Line 2: Description of Noun
Line 3: Action
Line 4: Feeling or Effect
Line 5: Synonym of the initial noun
An alternate version of the cinquain poem, often called a “word cinquain” is based on words, instead of syllables. “Word cinquains” have the following pattern:
Line 1 1 word
Line 2 2 words
Line 3 3 words
Line 4 4 words
Line 5 1 word
Line 1 — a noun (a word that refers to a thing, such as apple or book or elephant).
Line 2 — two adjectives, or describing words, that tell the reader about that thing.
Line 3 — three words ending in -ing that are related to the thing, maybe saying what it does.
Line 4 — a four-word phrase (group of words) about the thing, or about the way it makes you feel.
Line 5 — another noun that is a synonym of (means the same as) the noun in line 1, or else is a different way of looking at that thing.
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My Example
Butch      (Didactic Cinquain)
solid, sturdy
snorting, panting, watching
always ready to be faithful
© Lawrencealot – February 16, 2014