Colorful wonder
Sign of hope
Inner awakening of enlightenment


“The didactic cinquain is an informal cinquain. It is embraced for its expressive simplicity. There are four ways to write cinquain poems, based on words or syllables, and within that the types of words used.

Ordinarily for cinquain, the first line is a one-word title, the subject of the poem; the second line is a pair of adjectives describing that title; the third line is a three word phrase that gives more information about the subject; the fourth line consists of four words describing feelings related to that subject; and the fifth line is a single word synonym or other reference for the subject from line one.”

Line 1: One noun (title)
Line 2: 2 adjectives describing title
Line 3: 3 words ending in -ing
Line 4: one phrase
Line 5: one noun that is a synonym to the title

Other variations:


Line 1: one word (title)
Line 2: two words
Line 3: three words
Line 4: four words
Line 5: one word

Types of syllables:

Line 1: two noun syllables (title)
Line 2: four adjective syllables
Line 3: 6 verb syllables
Line 4: 8 syllables
Line 5: 2 synonym syllables

Writing a poem based on syllables alone uses the same order and amount of syllables as above but whether or not the word is a noun/verb/adjective/synonym does not matter.

Reference: Wikipedia 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinquain and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didactic_cinquain


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© by rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011


About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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8 Responses to Rainbows

  1. I echo Mickie’s thanks for the form explanation. There are so many forms out there, and usually I am intimidated by those who do them well… but practice makes – maybe not perfect, but better, you know?

    This one is lovely – in Puerto Rico, we used to call a rainbow “una acra de iris,” arc of iridescence, and your poem brought back a nice memory of playing on the sand under a double arc in the San Juan skies. Thank you, Becca, for bringing us along on your journey. Amy


    • Becca Givens says:

      Amy – I love … “arc of iridescence” … I will have to remember this for a future piece!! Thank you for stopping by … I am glad I was able to bring a smile and happy memories! 😀


  2. dani says:

    i first saw the didactic cinquain here. thank you so much for sharing poetry forms with your readers.

    this is absolutely beautiful! i especially love ~

    “Colorful wonder”


  3. bendedspoon says:

    This is beautiful and feels good inside 🙂


  4. Mickie Brown says:

    Lovely, lovely. Thanks for explaining about a cinquain–I’ll try one sometime. Mickie 🙂


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