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 (sĭng′kān′, săng′-)
1. A five-line stanza.
2. A poem of five lines consisting respectively of two, four, six, eight, and two syllables.

[French cinq, five (from Old French cinc; see cinque) + (quatr)ain.]
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(sɪŋˈkeɪn; ˈsɪŋkeɪn)
(Poetry) a stanza of five lines
[C18 (in the sense: a military company of five): from French cinq five, from Latin quinque; compare quatrain]
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(sɪŋˈkeɪn, ˈsɪŋ keɪn)

1. a group of five.
2. a stanza of five lines.
[1705–15; < French cinq five (« Latin quīnque). compare quatrain]
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Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Frank Gannett, cinquain poet Adelaide Crapsey, and a cast of many thousands.
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Finally after a lengthy conferencing process with Oskar (not Oscar, who had to stop the creation of his own cinquain to help) we spelt delicate correctly.
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(6.) Aaron Toleos,; [c]2005-2006 (accessed August 2, 2007).
(7) Bidart's last italicized line carries the poem's final twist, as in the couplet of a Shakespearean sonnet or the final two-syllable line of an Adelaide Crapsey cinquain. Hope arises.
The poems befitting her age are simple and warm optimistic and bright as in this cinquain "Clouds":