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Adelaide Crapsey


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Seen on a Night in November

How frail
Above the bulk
Of crashing water hangs,
Autumnal, evanescent, wan,
The moon.

 

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Adelaide Crapsey (1878 – 1914) was born and raised in New York. A graduate of Vassar, she taught briefly until tuberculosis left her bedridden and, eventually, claimed her life at the age of thirty-six. Adelaide loved Japanese tanka and haiku and created the American cinquain, which shares some similarities with those forms. Though she was well respected as a poet during her lifetime, most of her work was published after her death. She wrote fewer than a hundred poems in her lifetime.

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marenomitchell:
What lovely fun!
Posted 11/19/2012 05:10 PM
dotief@comcast.net:
Beautiful!
Posted 11/19/2012 11:16 AM
KevinArnold:
Excellent to find the Japanese influence so early in American poetry.
Posted 11/19/2012 08:55 AM
Katrina:
Thank you for Niagra brief Adelaide Crapsey United States’ oriental cinquain
Posted 11/19/2012 04:09 AM
martin1223:
on the autumn surf the roar of the moonlight
Posted 11/19/2012 12:28 AM


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