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Cinquain Poetry Guide: How to Write a Cinquain Poem in 4 Steps

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Feb 25, 2022 • 3 min read

Cinquains are five-line poems. In the United States, the word “cinquain” typically refers to a poetic form developed by the nineteenth-century poet Adelaide Crapsey. Learn more about the form and structure of cinquains along with how to write a cinquain poem.