Intro to cinquans and allusions

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A quick guide to cinquains and allusions.

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  • 1. The Cinquain The Write Stuff

2. Origins of the Cinquain

  • Created by an American Poet, Adelaide Crapsey
  • First appeared in 1914
  • Inspired by Japanese poems like Haiku and Tanka
  • From the French word Cinq, or five.

3. NTK:Whats a cinquain?

  • A poem with 5 lines
  • The poem does not usually rhyme.
  • Instead of focusing on syllables (like a Haiku), cinquains focus on a DESCRIPTION.

4. Each line of a cinquain has a specific purpose

  • Line 1 (one word; the subject of the poem)
  • Line 2 (two words; adjectives that describe line 1)
  • Line 3 (three words; action words or verbs that apply to line 1)
  • Line 4 (A sentence that relates to line 1)
  • Line 5 (one word; a synonym for line 1 or something that sums up the poem)
  • Triangles
  • Pointy edges
  • Revolving, rotating, angling
  • Triangles are all different.
  • 180o

5. Penguin

  • Penguin
  • Black, white
  • Waddling, swimming, leaping
  • Wearing a tuxedo in the cold.
  • Emperor

6. Race Cars

  • Racing
  • Fast, zip
  • Buzzing, rushing, flying
  • Drivers on the track.

7. Nature

  • Nature
  • Beautiful, pure
  • Refreshing, Enjoying, relaxing
  • Nature is healthy.
  • Fun

8. 9. Allusions Poetic Devices:The Write Stuff 10. NTK:Whats an Allusion?

  • Allusions are poetic devices.
  • They use only a word or two.
  • They are references to other things.
  • Do NOT confuse this word with I llusions

11. Allusions are

  • Allusions refer to other things, particularly:
    • Art
    • Literature
    • Popular Culture

12. You must be familiar with whatever art/literature/culture they arealludingto first. So the tricky thing about allusions is 13. Common allusions

  • To works of literature:
    • Greek and Roman mythology
    • Religious texts like the Bible, Koran, Torah, Ramayana
    • Shakespeare
    • Other famous writers and poets

14. Common allusions

  • Famous art and artists
    • Renaissance art
    • Classical music and composers
    • Important moments in history

15. Common Allusions

  • Popular culture
    • Contemporary references (within the last 100 years)
    • Current events
    • Recent music, fashion, art, literature or news
    • Common trends or fads in culture

16. 17. Yes.That is part of what makes allusions difficult to catch. Can allusions refer to other allusions? 18. Because allusions can be complex

  • Poems and stories will often have footnotes or endnotes that explain allusions
  • Look for a small symbol (*, ) or a number next to a word that tells you where to look for the notes.
  • Footnotes and endnotes arent just for allusions, but you should read them anyway.