/sing kayn", sing"kayn/, n.
1. a group of five.
2. Pros.
a. a short poem consisting of five, usually unrhymed lines containing, respectively, two, four, six, eight, and two syllables.
b. any stanza of five lines.
[1705-15; < F < LL cinque (see CINQUE) + F -ain collective suffix. See QUATRAIN]

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      a five-line stanza. The American poet Adelaide Crapsey (Crapsey, Adelaide) (1878–1914), applied the term in particular to a five-line verse form of specific metre that she developed. Analogous to the Japanese verse forms haiku and tanka, it has two syllables in its first and last lines and four, six, and eight in the intervening three lines and generally has an iambic (iamb) cadence. An example is her poem “November Night”:

With faint dry sound
Like steps of passing ghosts,
the leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees
And fall.

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Universalium. 2010.

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