The Mighty Cinquain

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.

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The Sun is Poetry

The Sun is poetry. No, seriously! The Sun is poetry, you just don’t know it yet.

Opinions on The Sun divide the nation here in the UK (I can’t speak for anywhere else in the world.) Many view it, myself included, as a supercilious tabloid that spews invective left, right, and centre. I am, however, open to the fact that I may be missing something by dismissing it as so. The Sun has the biggest readership via circulation of physical copies of any newspaper here in the UK, and there is certainly a reason as to why so many people read it, but one that I fail to see.

That’s not to say I think other newspapers far excel The Sun; I’m not particularly fond of The Express, Daily Mail, or even The Guardian, and that saddens me. It saddens me that these news outlets all have their own agenda to peddle, that news has to make money and be first instead of being news, and that I can’t read something in a paper or online and believe it without fact checking it first.

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The river assuaged
It’s hunger,
Years cut through limestone.

For anyone interested in this form, which is quite similar to a haiku (though poses a different challenge), this is known as the Kelly Lune. A variation of the Lune created and popularised by the poet Robert Kelly.

After much experimentation, he settled on a 13-syllable, self-contained poem that has 5 syllables in the first line, 3 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the final line.

Milestone Met! Plus a Haiku.

Gee whiz folks! this is absolutely insane, one hundred whole followers! I mean that’s one hundred real people out there that actually follow this blog, that’s insane! I just wanted to say thank you, not only to the followers, but to every viewer, liker, commenter, I appreciate you all! You humble me.

Here’s a Haiku of appreciation:

I appreciate you,
That’s a big understatement;
You are all the best.

Once again, thanks to each and every one of you, I guess here’s to another hundred! 🙂