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Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday—The Poetry Corner

Adelaide Crapsey
Inventor of cinquain poetry
What's a cinquain?

A cinquain poem is a verse of five lines that do not rhyme.  The cinquain...in Spain (I said, no rhyming) was invented by a Vassar grad named, Adelaide Crapsey, who admired Japanese tanka and haiku poetry.

Each line has a set number of syllables:

Line 1 — 2 syllables
Line 2 — 4 syllables
Line 3 — 6 syllables
Line 4 — 8 syllables
Line 5 — 2 syllables

Adelaide Crapsey's poetry was a little dark, perhaps because she was named Adelaide Crapsey...but, here are some interesting examples of her work.


SAYING OF IL HABOUL
Guardian of the Treasure of Solomon
And Keeper of the Prophet's Armour

My tent
A vapour that
The wind dispels and but
As dust before the wind am I
Myself.

FATE DEFIED
As it
Were tissue of silver
I'll wear, O fate, they grey
And go mistily radiant, clad
Like the moon.

LAUREL IN THE BERKSHIRES
Sea-foam
And coral! Oh, I'll
Climb the great pasture rocks
And dream me mermaid in the sun's
Gold flood.


Cinquains work pretty well for modern situations, as well.  Take housecleaning for example...

GUEST BATHROOM
Beneath
the white cold seat
past the porcelain lid
Alas, house guests and visitors
Scrub time

4 UNGRATEFUL FELINES
As they
circle around
my legs to coffee I
go with my cup and they all say
Meow

EMAIL
Open
It's not junk mail
to me from a spammer
I'm happy to hear from a friend
love shared

I am so easily entertained...Have fun & try making up your own cinquain!