Here’s a simple five line poem form to test out your syllable counting skills, or at least the skills of one of the many online syllable counters. Cinquain poems follow a simple pattern:

Line 1 contains 2 syllables

Line 2 contains 4 syllables

Line 3 contains 6 syllables

Line 4 contains 8 syllables

Line 5 returns to 2 syllables.

No rhyme scheme or beat pattern to follow, but count your syllables carefully.


Small, fierce

Devoted, honored, challenging

Dashing and leaping into hearts





Awesome, loathsome

Expressive and introverted

Challenging beliefs, confirming devotions



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