Adelaide Crapsey (9 September 1878 – 8 October 1914) was an American poet. In the years before her death, she wrote much of the verse on which her reputation rests. Her interest in rhythm and meter led her to create a variation on the cinquain (or quintain), a five-line form of twenty-two syllables influenced by the Japanese haiku and tanka. Her cinquain has a generally iambic meter and consists of two syllables in the first and last lines and four, six and eight syllables in the middle three lines.
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- My object to venture the suggestion that an important application of phonetics to metrical problems lies in the study of phonetic word-structure.
- A Study in English Metrics Alfred Knopf New York 1918
- The old
Old winds that blew
When chaos was, what do
They tell the clattered trees that I
- "Night Winds"
- These be
Three silent things:
The falling snow...the hour
Before the dawn...the mouth of one
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees
- "November Night"
- I know
Not these my hands
And yet I think there was
A woman like me once had hands