Developed by Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914)
in poems such as:
Three silent things
The falling snow.. the hour
Before the dawn.. the mouth of one
Laurel in the Berkshires
And coral! Oh, I'll
Climb the great pasture rocks
And dream me mermaid in the sun's
Hints for Good Cinquains:
1) Be playful, imaginative...even nonsensical.
2) Be concrete. Avoid grand statements about life or love or
death or ...
3) Avoid strings of adjectives...unless they are really odd ones
(as in my poem).
4) Let one line run on to the next.
5) Let your last line - those two little syllables - be surprising.
6) Ignore these hints.