The Lonely Death

By Adelaide Crapsey 1878–1914 Adelaide Crapsey

In the cold I will rise, I will bathe
In waters of ice; myself
Will shiver, and shrive myself,
Alone in the dawn, and anoint
Forehead and feet and hands;
I will shutter the windows from light,
I will place in their sockets the four
Tall candles and set them a-flame
In the grey of the dawn; and myself
Will lay myself straight in my bed,
And draw the sheet under my chin.

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Poet Adelaide Crapsey 1878–1914

Subjects The Body, Death, Living, Winter, Nature

Poetic Terms Imagery, Free Verse

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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 The Body, Death, Living, Winter, Nature

Poetic Terms Imagery, Free Verse

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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