Types of Poetry #3: ABC, Rhyme, Cinquain

For today’s post, I learned about three more types of poetry-ABC, rhyme, and cinquain-and also gave examples on mulitple styles.

An ABC poem is a poem with typically, but not limited to, five lines that creates a mental image. The first four lines are phrases written in alphabetical order, while the last line is a full sentence beginning with any letter.

My example is as follows:

After the sun sets

But the moon hasn’t risen

Crowns a beautiful time where

Dusk has not fallen

And taken with it the light of day.


The next time of poetry is most likely the most common type: rhyme. A rhyme poem simply has similar sounding words at the end of each line that creates a rhyming sound.

Here is my example of a rhyme poem:

We’re together forever

And we’ll be apart never.

My one true love

Our hands’ fit like gloves.

The feelings are undying

And every day solidifying.

I love, I love, I love you

And I know you love me too.


The next type of poetry is cinquain. This type of poem should convey emotion and bring an overwhelming sense of something to the reader, it doesn’t matter what that “something” is. A cinquain style poem is composed of five lines. There are three different ways to write a cinquain poem.

#1) In this style, the poem can be written about anything, and is usually describing something. Below is the formation of the poem:

Line 1: One word

Line 2: Two words

Line 3: Three words

Line 4: Four words

Line 5: One word

#2) The next style is about a specific noun. This style is normally not about a person, but it can be. Normally, it is written about an object.

Line 1: A noun

Line 2: Two adjectives

Line 3: Three -ing words

Line 4: A phrase

Line 5: Another word for the noun

#3) The final type is totally open to any topic, just follow the syllable form.

Line 1: Two syllables

Line 2: Four syllables

Line 3: Six syllables

Line 4: Eight syllables

Line 5: Two syllables


Example Style #1:


Ever growing

Creating new life

Meaningful experiences daily until



Example Style #2:


Feeling loved

Accepting, Connecting, Respecting

“Family means no one gets left behind”


-Quote from the movie Lilo and Stitch


Example Style #3:


Or maybe sad

Emotions give us life

And connections to things outside

Our world


Cover Photo Credit: Pixabay


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