A to Z Challenge – Q is for Quinzaine Poems

April 20, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in A-Z Blogging Challenge 2015, Poetry | 9 Comments
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Quinzaine Poems

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A quinzaine is composed of just 15 syllables. The French word for 15 is quinze. The Spanish word is quince.

A quinzaine contains no rhyming words and no meter requirements. Within 15 syllables, a quinzaine makes a statement and asks a question. The poet doesn’t need to know the answer to the question.

The 15 syllables of a quinzaine are broken down into three lines. Here is the pattern:

Line 1: 7 syllables – make a statement Line 2: 5 syllables – start a question about the subject Line 3: 3 syllables – finish the question

  1. Virtual Reality

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Virtual worlds rule our minds;

Does reality

Mean nothing?

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  1. Rain

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Teeming rain on verdant coast;

Why won’t it cross o’er

The mountain?

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  1. Man

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So much history to learn from;

Why think we’re diff’rent,

When we aren’t?

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(c)  Linda Visman

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  1. Another bit of education I missed! Thanks for filling it in for me! Lovely quinzaines!

    • Thank you Jemima. I am pleased you like them, and hope you will have a go at creating some yourself. 🙂

  2. I love the idea that there is no answer required of the poet. Just posing a good question in this form is enough. I think I might attempt a quinzaine. Thank you.

  3. Hello, I’m visiting from a-z. I’ve never heard of Quinzaine Poems. It’s amazing how much thought can be provoked by asking a five syllable question.
    Cheers,
    Lynda Grace
    http://www.lganhouraway.com

    • Hello Lynda and welcome! Yes, they can be thought-provoking! I’m not sure you can find definitive answers to them though.
      Thank you for visiting. 🙂

  4. Thanks for reminding me about this poetic form! I love the name… makes me want to write a question in meter. 😉 I liked your quinzaine on Virtual Reality.

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