Forms of #5Line poetry

May 2011 : Int'l 5 line poetry Month

Tina Nguyen  { @TinaNguyen  } has invited all to be a part of May 5 Line poetry Month on her blog and the Gogyohka junction.

So I decided to do a post on different 5 line poetry forms I could remember knowing or reading about :

Gogyohka : Gogyohka is five lines of free verse on any subject matter. There is no set syllable pattern, however the poem should be short and succinct. The goal is to compellingly capture an idea, observation, feeling, memory, or experience in just a few words.

More details

Along this i also found a mention of Gogyoshi which also is a 5 line poem.

Fib : is an experimental Western poetry form, but based on the Fibonacci sequence (1/1/2/3/5/8) Traditionally that started with 6 -lines, now can be written in as many lines. The only restriction is to use the mentioned sequence as syllable count in each line.

Cinquain : A general term for 5 line poems with a set pattern.Either word count / syllable count of 2-4-6-8-2 is most commonly known. There is another pattern used for ease of expression : noun – 2 adjectives – 3 ing words – a phrase – synonym of noun [ this is also referred to as didactic cinquain]

More details can be found at wiki and  here

Limerick : are usually humorous, and are composed of 5 lines, in an a. a. c. c. a. rhyming pattern. In addition, the first, second and fifth lines are usually 3 anapestic feet (uu/, 2 unstressed followed by 1 stressed) each.

two excellent resources: OEDILF on Writing A Limerick and Speedy Snail’s Limerick Rhythm and Meter. as shared by Kane on her limericks blog

Tanka : is a japanese form of poetry with syllable patterns as 5-7-5-7-7 , where the care is to be taken that both the first three and the last three lines can stand on its own and make a sensible poetry. (More details here)

Lanterne : 5 – line poetry in shape of japanese lantern and having syllable count as 1-2-3-4-1 , each line able to stand on its own with or without a title. (Wiki link)

CINQKU : (As detailed here) is a fixed-form five line tanka/cinquain image poem without a title in 17 syllables,concise with a surprise or turn in lines 4/5

ABC poem  : has 5 lines that create a mood, picture, or feeling. Lines 1 through 4 are made up of words, phrases or clauses – and the first word of each line is in alphabetical order from the first word. Line 5 is one sentence, beginning with any letter.

Another version says that ABC poem can have any number of line but the restriction with that the lines start with Alphabets in order.

Envelop Quintet :  Rhyme pattern of abbba / abcba ( Details here )

Other links to check:

A general view of 5-line poetry Styles with link

A sample Pentastich on Pentastich

So Write on people !! Let 5 lines talk like 500 😉

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12 thoughts on “Forms of #5Line poetry

  1. jgavinallan says:

    I will try. It sounds like fun. Especially since I do not have a clue. It takes me 5 lines to write “a hello.”

    byebye
    Jaye

      • jgavinallan says:

        Ok! It is so difficult. But—today, I will compose one just for you.
        Maybe the pressure will inspire—I hope.

        byebye
        Jaye—also, you got some talent!

  2. i hope you don’t mind if i share the beginnings of your post in a reblog linking back here. i was just thinking that about a year ago, you had not heard of senryu and look at you now! you’re such a talented poet! *hugs*

  3. Interesting, did not realize I already knew some of them. Just never heard them called 5 line poetry. Thanks for this post. I want to give them a try. hugs, pat

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