The Poet, Adelaide Crapsey, is best remembered for creating the cinquain. Crapsey (perhaps unfortunately named) was heavily inspired by the Japanese forms of poetry: haiku and tanka.
Much like the haiku, cinquains usually contain vivid imagery and are used to convey a certain emotion to the reader.
In 1915, Crapsey published a collection of poems called Verse. The book contained twenty-eight Cinquains, some of which are considered some of Adelaide Crapsey’s best work. If you want to see those, here’s a link for ya!
The cinquain has a relatively simple structure which, much like a haiku, relies on a number of syllables and lines.
First line: two syllables
Second line: four syllables
Third line: six syllables
Fourth line: eight syllables
Fifth line: two syllables
Crapsey usually wrote her cinquains in iambic metre, but there is no requirement to do so.
So I thought I’d have another crack at writing a cinquain, which is something I used to do as a Saturday feature when I started blogging but have neglected to do lately.
My Resting Place
Of sinew and solid strength
I find myself safe, but for a
Thanks for reading.
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