Blog · May 4, 2007 1

self-portrait poem

I picked the idea of creating a self-portrait poem from incinq. She laid down the writing prompt to pen a self-portrait poem using the cinquain.

A traditional cinquain has the following structure:

1st line: 2 syllables
2nd line: 4 syllables
3rd line: 6 syllables
4th line: 8 syllables
5th line: 3 syllables

The modern cinquain has the following structure:

1st line: one word (noun) a title or name of subject
2nd line: two words (adjectives) describing the title
3rd line: three words (verbs) describing action related to the title
4th line: four words describing a feeling about the title, a complete sentnce
5th line: one word referring back to the title of the poem

Incinq put forth this version:

1st line: one word that represents you
2nd line: two words that describe you
3rd line: three words that show you
4th line: two words that express you
5th line: the essence of you in one word

I choose to contruct mine using the traditional structure.

Here’s my self-portait:

laidback and calm
writing meaningful words
flowing from zen into my pen
to share.

– c.lowe

If you’re feeling creative, how about sharing your cinquain self-portrait poem in the comments.


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