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Writing Exercise – The Modern Cinquain

by | Sep 6, 2017 | Writing Exercise | 2 comments

 by Ashley Lister 

Bondage
Dark, dangerous
succumbing, submitting, surrendering
We want this badly
Tonight

 

We’ve looked at the traditional cinquain in the past, but I don’t recall us looking at the modern cinquain. Whilst the traditional cinquain is based on a strict syllable count, the modern cinquain is based on particular types of words, as illustrated below.

 

line 1 – one word (noun) a title or name of the subject
line 2 – two words (adjectives) describing the title
line 3 – three words (verbs) describing an action related to the title
line 4 – four words describing a feeling about the title, a complete sentence
line 5 – one word referring back to the title of the poem

 

fingers
long, slender
testing, touching, teasing,
delving deeper and deeper
inside

Remember – you’re not counting syllables with this form: only words. As always, I look forward to reading your poems in the comments below.

Ash

 

 

About the Author Ashley Lister

Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms. His most recent work, a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his second title published under his own name: Swingers: Female Confidential by Ashley Lister (Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753513439)

Ashley’s non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica. Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto. He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.

2 Comments

  1. Storm
    wind, rain
    drenches, whips, subdues
    shatters and frees me
    coming

    Reply
  2. OOOh! Like it a lot. .Nice use of the metaphor. x

    Reply

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