Skip Navigation

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

UNL Extension in Lancaster County

Horticulture - Youth Gardening

"4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills."

Haiku Example - Tall beautiful trees

Haiku Example:

Tall beautiful trees
Wind moving the leaves gently
large limbs stretching Up

Garden Poetry


Poetry provides a way to express your feelings and describe everyday things in a unique and personal way. Try writing in one of this poetry styles:

Haiku:

Haiku is a type of poetry that originated in Japan. This poem has three lines; that have five, seven and five syllables each. With this style of poem you want to describe an object or subject in just a few words. Select an object, subject or place and describe how it makes you feel or what you hear and see.

First line: five syllables

Second line: seven syllables

Third line: five syllables


Cinquain:

Cinquain (pronounced sin-cane) is a five line poem that describes and expresses your feelings about a certain subject. Cinquain poems are easily written, often without the writer knowing they are writing poetry.

Take a piece of paper and draw the following blank lines:

__________

__________   __________¬†

__________   __________   __________

__________   __________   __________   __________ 

__________

Follow these directions to write your Cinquain poem:

  • Line 1: Pick a subject, name it with one word
  • Line 2: Describe the subject with two words
  • Line 3: Use three words to describe what the subject does
  • Line 4: Write four words for how you feel about the subject
  • Line 5: Write another word (one word) for the subject

Example:

Flower

Colorful  Beautiful¬†

Bloom  Decorate  Attract

Admire  Love  Enjoy  Appreciate 

Blossom



Return for more Return for More Youth Gardening Activities



For information on reproducing this article or using any photographs or graphics, read the Terms of Use statement

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County is your on-line yard and garden educational resource. The information on this Web site is valid for residents of southeastern Nebraska. It may or may not apply in your area. If you live outside southeastern Nebraska, visit your local Extension office


Contact Information University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lancaster County
Web site: lancaster.unl.edu
444 Cherrycreek Road, Suite A, Lincoln, NE 68528 | 402-441-7180


Parents & Students: Consider the University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Unversity of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: