A Cinquain is a five-line stanza where each line is formed by using parts of speech according to a pattern. Here’s an example using Pablo Picasso’s painting, Pigeon on a Perch:
Waiting, watching, pondering
On his perch, he sits.
Ask students to try their hand at writing a cinquain about a work of art by using the modern format below:
Noun (the subject, you may use the title of the work)
Two adjectives (words that describe the noun)
Three verbs (action words that activate the noun)
Phrase (feeling or complete sentence about the noun)
Repeat the noun or use a synonym* of the noun
*Synonym: 1. A word having a meaning similar to another word. 2. A word or expression accepted as a figurative or symbolic substitute for another word or expression.