In Cinquain Swirl and Cinquain Chain Poems are American style poems with French names.
In a Cinquain Swirl, Cinquain poems with a 2-4-6-8-2 syllable beat are melted together to form a longer poem, and the 2 syllable beat is repeated as the refrain, 2R-4-6-8-2R-4-6-8-2R-4-6-8-2R.
In a Cinquain Chain, Cinquain poems are linked together to form a longer poem, and the 2 syllable beat is repeated as the refrain in all the 2 beats lines, 2R-4-6-8-2R-2R-4-6-8-2R-2R-4-6-8-2R, or as the first and last line of the poem with the 2 beat lines between Cinquain repeated, 2R1-4-6-8-2R2-2R2-4-6-8-2R3-2R3-4-6-8-2R1.
Both, Cinquain Swirls and Cinquain Chains may or may not have rhyme. They must be at least 2 Cinquain long, but they have no limit to the number of Cinquain used. The examples below are of 3 Cinquain in length.
Examples: by Frank G. Poe, Jr.
My Blog Swirl My Blog Chain
You’re hypnotized. You’re hypnotized.
You will follow my blog. You will follow my blog.
Click on follow; you will follow. Click on follow; you will follow.
Follow, You must,
You must tell friends. You must,
You cannot imagine You must tell friends.
Life without following my blog. You cannot imagine
Follow Life without following my blog.
You need my blog. You need,
Soon, you will awaken. You need,
You will not remember this poem. You need my blog.
Follow… Soon, you will awaken.
. You will not remember this poem.