Five Line Poetry Forms

There are many great poems that use a five line stanza, often called a Quintain. It can be any five line stanza poem of any meter or line length and is often mis-used because of it's alleged simplicity. The limerick springing to mind right away and is probably the most abused and misused poetry forms.

A Quintain can also be an object of beauty,such as when two lovers use it to converse as in a Tanka or a Cinquain and combined as a series of poems. It can be dramatic as Coleridge's use of it in the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" or Philip Larkin's "Home is so sad"

Quick guide to forms

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Cinquain 5 lines progressing, 2 syl's, 4 syl's,
6 syl's, 8 syl's then back to two syl's
rhyme or meter not required
English Quintain Rhyme Scheme a. b. a. b. b.

No specified measure
Envelope Quintet Rhyme Scheme a. b. b. b. a. or
a, b, c, b, a
Iambic Pentameter or 10 syllables suggested
Limerick Rhyme Scheme a. a. b. b. a.

Iambic assorted Meter,
Monchielle Stanza Rhyme Scheme A. x. b. x. b.

Trimeter or 6 Syllables
Pentastich Free Verse (No Meter) or
Blank Verse
Iambic Pentameter
Sicilian Quintain Rhyme Scheme a. b. a. b. a.

Iambic Pentameter
Spanish Quintain
(Quintilla)
Rhyme Scheme a. a. b. b. a.
or.. a. b. b. a.a.
iambic tetrameter, (4 feet)



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