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Quinzaine

Post by heinzs » Mon Jul 05, 2004 9:46 pm

Quinzaine Poem

"Quinze" in French means fifteen. A quinzaine is an unrhymed verse of fifteen syllables distributed in three lines. The first line makes a statement and the next two lines ask a question relating to the statement. Here is an example:

The colored leaves are falling
Will it soon be time
rake or play?


Here is the pattern:

Line 1: Statement of 7 syllables

Line 2: Beginning of question with 5 syllables

Line 3: End of question with 3 syllables
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Post by Grandma Moses » Tue Jul 06, 2004 11:32 am

Because this form is new to me, I did some searching on the internet and found two different outlooks on how the last two lines are to be formed. One school of thought is as you stated above and the other states that the second line and the third line should be separate questions.

Neither school of thought recognized the possibility of a different format. Do you know any more about the history of this form?

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Post by heinzs » Tue Jul 06, 2004 12:36 pm

It's not one of my "forms" either. I'll have to check it out and get back to you on the question.

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Post by moonflower » Wed Jul 07, 2004 5:22 am

hope you dont mind me jumping in here Heinzs and Grandma.,, :lol:

i did some research also because i love this form altho its rather new to me too..all i could find were examples of what you said heinzs..3 lines, 15 syllables of 7 in first line, 5 in second, and 3 in last, with the first line making a statement and the following 2 lines asking a question about the statement..heres an example of what every site i went to said..

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A Quinzaine. Quinzaine is from the French word quinze, which means "fifteen." A quinzaine is an unrhymed verse having 3 lines and 15 syllables. Line 1 gives a statement and the remaining 2 lines ask a question that relates to line 1.

Here's the form:

line 1 - 7 syllables
line 2 - 5 syllables
line 3 - 3 syllables


And here's an example of a quinzaine:

Sun's radiance shuns shadows
Will the morning steal
the darkness?

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i visited several different sites and couldnt find anything about the form you spoke of Grandma, but i am very interested to learn about it..(a BUNCH of the sites were in french! :roll: :lol:... ) i love quinzaines and cinquains too..there almost as fun to write as haiku! :lol: ..ill keep checking on the web and back here too for more info about it.... :lol:
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