Tuesday, January 26, 2010

God's blessings

About Cinquain
Cinquain, created and developed by the American poet Adelaide Crapsey in the early 1900, is a five-line unrhymed poem with 22 syllables arranged as 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2. It's name is derived from the French word cinq which means five. It is somehow related to the Japanese haiku and tanka. The contemporary cinquain is usually titled, the title becoming an integral part of the poem.

Unfortunately, Crapsey died at an early age of 37 from tuberculosis so she was not able to develop the poetic form any further. Lately though, cinquain has been enjoying a healthy revival especially among haiku writers as well as other poets. I have already posted cinquains here, My New Year’s Wish and Aloneness are examples and here is another, a bilingual one.

Tagalog, a Philippine language:

sa buhay ng tao
di may kagalingang dulot
ng D’yos.

English version:

happens in life
without some good in it
coming from the munificience
of God.

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