for a teen poetry magazine

A cinquain has five lines. 

Line 1 is one word (the title); 

Line 2 is two words that describe the title.

Line 3 is three words that tell action

Line 4 is four words that express feeling

Line 5 is one word that recalls the title 


White and cold

Blowing, falling, piling, 

Excitement - maybe no school!



A quatrain has four lines.

Lines 2 and 4 must rhyme.

Lines 1 and 3 may or may not rhyme.

Rhyming lines should have about the same number of syllables. 


A limerick has five lines.

Lines 1, 2, and 5 have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another. 

Lines 3 and 4 have five to seven syllables and also rhyme with each other.

There once was a seed in the sky.

That rode on the wind way up high.

The wind did die down. 

Dropped the seed on the ground.

A flower will grow by and by.


A tanka has five lines and 31 syllables.

Lines 1 and 3 have five syllables each.

Lines 2, 4, and 5 have seven syllables each


A haiku has three lines

Lines 1 and 3 have five syllables.

Line 2 has seven syllables.



An icy wind blows

The tree is lonely and cold

Its branches are bare.

by Karleen O'Connor 



A couplet has rhyming stanzas each made up of two lines. 


Across the sky they seem to flow

As wind and currents gently blow.


The cumulus clouds in the sky,

Fluffy, white, and ever so high.


Their shapes and forms are most complex

Numbering at least a googolplex.

by Rebecca Wiggins


A name poem tells about the word. It uses the letters of the word for the first letter of each line.



I ...

N ...

D ...



An ABC poem has 5 lines that create a mood, picture, or feeling.

Lines 1 through 4 are made up of words, phrases or clauses - and the first word of each line is in
alphabetical order from the first word. Line 5 is one sentence, beginning with any letter. 

Birds call

Clouds hover over the horizon

Darkness creeps away.

Each sun ray reaches into the sky.

A new day has begun.

by Kathie Deeths


A parts of speech poem has five lines.

Line 1 is one article and 1 noun.

Line 2 is an adjective, a conjunction, and another adjective. 

Line 3 is one verb, one conjunction and one verb.

Line 4 is one adverb.

Line 5 is one noun or pronoun that relates to line one