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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Writing Exercise - The English Quintain

 by Ashley Lister

We screw and screw the weekend through
We do not stop. We take no break.
On Saturdays it’s all we do
You tame my one-eyed trouser snake
We’re at it ‘til our bodies ache.

We screw and screw through all Sunday
You ride me like a thoroughbred
These two-day-long rolls in the hay
Can leave my looking like I’m dead
Yet still I’m grateful that we wed.

A quintain, is recorded by the Collins English Dictionary with two definitions:

1 a post or target set up for tilting exercises for mounted knights or foot soldiers
2 the exercise of tilting at such a target

The dictionary overlooks the fact that a quintain is also a five line poem. Obviously we’ve looked at many short poetic forms on here in the past, several of which are limited to five lines. Both types of cinquain  (traditional and contemporary) can be counted as quintains. Similarly, the typical limerick falls under this header. As does the English quintain, such as the one above and the one below.

The rhyme scheme for English quintains is usually A-B-A-B-B. There is no set measure or foot (the number and type of syllables or feet). Sometimes quintains work well in longer ballads. Other times a single verse is enough.

Do me in the morning
Or do me late at night
Do me without warning
Don’t bother being polite
But please just do me right

As always, I look forward to enjoying your English quintains in the comments box below.


  1. Observing Thanksgiving (English Quintain)
    By Lisabet Sarai

    I'm still your slave, absurd as that might seem
    Three decades and two continents apart.
    Of kneeling naked at your feet I dream,
    of yielding all to you, both whole and part,
    my lips and tits, my cunt and ass and heart.

    You, poised above me, eager to deflower
    vanilla innocence...and years unwind.
    That moment when I understood your power
    burns fresh as ever. Once again you bind
    me, wrists and ankles, heart and mind.

  2. One of the things I love about these exercises is that each writer uses the form in their own distinctive voice. These quintains could only have been written by you - very stylish.

    1. Thanks, Ashley.

      Even my poetry is cerebral... ;^)


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