Irony – A Cinquain Poem

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Irony | A Cinquain Poem by Ritika Nahata at UpDivine
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Said a
very old sage
not foes but friends betray
your men conspire to pull you down
what grief!

I ask
if all men think
it’s true, and loathe deceits
then who’s betrayed and who betrays?

What is cinquain?

The cinquain, also known as a quintain or quintet, is a poem or stanza composed of five lines.
Generally, the cinquains have a fixed rhyming scheme (such as abaab or abccb) or a fixed syllable pattern (such as 2-4-6-8-2), depending on the variation of cinquains.

What are different variations of cinquains?

There are several forms of cinquains that are defined by specific rules and guidelines. Some of them are:

American CinquainAmerican cinquain is insppired by Japanese Haiku and tanka. These poems generally have a syllable pattern. They consist of iambic feet with 1, 2, 3, 4, and 1 stresses in each of the successive lines, making it 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllable lines.
Didactic CinquainThis is a type of cinquain that has specific rules for the number of words (and not syllables and stresses). Ordinarily, the first line is a one-word title, the subject of the poem; the second line is a pair of adjectives describing that title; the third line is a three-word phrase that gives more information about the subject (often a list of three verbs); the fourth line consists of four words describing feelings related to that subject, and the fifth line is a single word synonym or other references for the subject from line one.
Reverse cinquainA reverse cinquain is a form with one 5-line stanza in a syllabic pattern of two, eight, six, four, two.
Mirror cinquainA mirror cinquain is a form with two 5-line stanzas consisting of a cinquain followed by a reverse cinquain.
Butterfly cinquainButterfly cinquain is a nine-line syllabic form with the pattern two, four, six, eight, two, eight, six, four, two.
Crown cinquainA crown cinquain is a sequence of five cinquain stanzas functioning to construct one larger poem.
Garland cinquainGarland cinquain is a series of six cinquains in which the last is formed of lines from the preceding five, typically line one from stanza one, line two from stanza two, and so on.
Variations of Cinquain

About The Poem, ‘Irony!’

  • This is a poem about a thought that people beleive that other people (mostly the ones they are close to) will betray and deceit them. And the irony is that almost all the men beleive this.
  • In this poem there are two 5-line cinquain stanzas.
  • There are 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllables in each successive line.

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Irony | A Cinquain Poem by Ritika Nahata at UpDivine
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