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The Didactic Cinquain or Recipe Poem is often taught to American school children used as an aid in exploring the poetic mind, or just having fun with words. It uses parts of speech for the set form and in this regard is similar to the Diamante or Diamond Poem. This verse form is not to be confused with Rhyming Recipe or Recipe Poem which sets a culinary recipe to rhyme.

The elements of the Didactic Cinquain or Recipe Poem are:

  1. a cinquain with lines made up of
    L1 1 noun,
    L2 2 adjectives,
    L3 3 verbs,
    L4 1 phrase or sentence,
    L5 1 noun.
  2. unmetered, the rhythm of every day speech.
  3. unrhymed.
  4. meant to instruct.

    ------- old, new
    enlighten, entertain, touch
    ----- Two please,
    ------- popcorn?
                 ----- ----jvg 4-5-05

The Patina is an invented form very similar to the didactic cinquain, created by Pat Nelson at Writing.com. Rather than meter and rhyme the focus is on words, adjectives and nouns. The elements of the Patina are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of tercets.
  2. measured in words rather than metric feet or syllables.
    L1  two words an adjective and a noun.
    L2  two adjectives and a noun expanding the image in L1. These 3 words should be alliterated, begin with same letter.
    L3  four words that explain the meaning of the image or theme. 
  3.  unrhymed. 
  4. titled.

    Gentle waves                                                                          
    Cradling, calming caress
    Comfort for my affliction

    Fervid sun
    Penetrating, purifying poultice
    Balm for my aching

    Foamy water
    Splashing, scintillating serenade
    Therapy to my soul

    Salty air
    Infusing, invigorating impetus
    Elixir for my spirit

    Sandy beach
    Spongy, squishy silt
    Remedy for my cares
                       ~~ Pat Nelson
                             December 29, 2012

    Five O'clock

    ticking clock
    difficult, draining day
    time to go home









~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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