By Adelaide Crapsey 1878–1914 Adelaide Crapsey

These be
Three silent things:
The falling snow. . the hour
Before the dawn. . the mouth of one
Just dead.

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Poet Adelaide Crapsey 1878–1914

Subjects Living, Nature, Death, Weather

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 Adelaide  Crapsey


Adelaide Crapsey is best remembered as the inventor of the cinquain and as a poet whose compressed lyrics "are a remarkable testament of a spirit 'flashing unquenched defiance to the stars,'" as quoted in Boston Transcript. Though her mature work was published posthumously due to her untimely death at the age of thirty-six, Crapsey nevertheless spent her brief life ardently pursuing her art. Her few publications received . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Nature, Death, Weather

Poetic Terms Imagery

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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