Friday, April 17, 2015

O is for Obituary

Cinquain Poetry Style
cinquain is a five-line poem that was invented by Adelaide Crapsey. She was an American poet who took her inspiration from Japanese haiku and tanka. A collection of poems, titled Verse, was published in 1915 and included 28 cinquains.

Cinquain Form #1 - Didactic Cinquain
·        This is a very popular form of the cinquain because of its simplicity. Instead of incorporating stress and syllables, it uses words.
·        The first line is one word which is the title of the poem. 
·        The second line contains two words which are adjectives that describe the title. 
·        The third line has three words that tell the reader more about the subject of the poem or shows action.  Many times these words are gerunds that end with “ing.”
·        The fourth line has four words that show emotions about the subject of the poem and may be individual words or a phrase. 
  • The fifth line is one word that is a synonym of the title or is very similar to it.
Candid, forthright
Interesting, defining, remembering
So sad to recall


nashvillecats2 said...

Yes it was sad Gregg,


Arlee Bird said...

That was excellent. You are quite the poetry scholar--I never realized that about you before this Challenge.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Gregg Metcalf said...

Lee - thanks! I wish I could actually have them published, but I don't know how to go about it. I have had one poem recorded as a recitation on a Christian CD.

Arlee Bird said...

Having a poem recorded is a pretty good start. I think most poets, like most authors these days, have to go the self publishing route. Maybe there is a small Christian publisher who might take this on. You should check--I'm sure Google would bring up a number of them.

A few years ago A to Z participant Pam Williams got her Challenge posts published into book form by CrossLink Publishers. That might be a place to start.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Patricia said...

This is very interesting. I like to write haiku and am definitely going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.