A Crapsey … What??


Cinquain. A Crapsey cinquain. Remeber it’s one of the syllabic poetry forms I mentioned in last week’s post.

The Crapsey cinquain was developed by a woman named Adelaide Crapsey, an American poet. As per its name, the cinquain has five lines. The Crapsey cinquain follows a strict syllabic form:

Line 1 – 2 syllables
Line 2 – 4 syllables
Line 3 – 6 syllables
Line 4 – 8 syllables
Line 5 – 2 syllables.

A single siquain can stand on its own or it can be used along with additional cinquains as a stanza of a longer poem.

For one example, you can see “American Princess” in my own poetry collection, Windsong and Other Poems.

Additionally, here is an example just for this. (This is a rough draft and not finished in any way.)

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Are You a Poet? Do You Know It?

There’s an old joke that says, “I’m a poet and didn’t know it. You can tell by my feet. They’re Longfellows.”

I got started on my writing journey with poetry. I wrote my first poem in high school. In tenth grade English, we had to keep a journal. I wrote my first poem there. I got brave and showed it to my 11th grade English teacher. She said I had a “great talent” and shouldn’t let it go to waste.

It took too many years before I gave myself permission to say I was a writer. But that’s not the point here.

My poems don’t usually rhyme. I don’t use iambic pentameter or any other formal poetic form or meter.

Some time ago, I was introduced to syllabic poetry. I took a poetry-writing class at through the public education program at the local college. Since then, I’ve used several syllabic forms in my poems.

What is syllabic poetry?

Syllabic poetry has a set number of syllables per line. It can be set by the writer or by a specific form.

Some syllabic poetry forms include:

  • Crapsey cinquain
  • Rondelle
  • Haiku/senryu
  • Tanka

There are many more.

I’ve decided I want to get back to my roots, so to speak, and write more poems again.

I’m going to share some of what I learn here and on my YouTube channel.

What is one of your favorite types of poems?