One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in verse) a five-line stanza.
- ‘Both free verse and rhymed poetry styles are studied, including cinquain, haiku, tanka, rhopalic, echo and refrain poems, acrostics, alphabet and dictionary poems.’
- ‘Once my students achieved success with these tasks, I would surprise them by reading aloud samples of haiku, as well as other formula verse, such as tanka and cinquain.’
- ‘Write a poem in cinquain or diamante format.’
- ‘New kinds of poetry need to be explored by pupils, such as in the writing of diamantes and cinquains.’
Late 19th century: French, from cinq ‘five’.
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