Adelaide Crapsey

(September 19, 1878 - October 8, 1914)
Born at Brooklyn, New York

Adelaid Crapsey (September 9, 1878 - October 8, 1914) was an American poet. She was born in Brooklyn, Now York and raised in Rochester, New York. She went to public school in Rochester, and Kemper Hall, an girl's preparatory school in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and then went to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. In 1902, she teached in many school. She had poor health from 1908, but keep teached many students after few year.

Before she died, she wrote many poems. She had interest in rhythm and meter, so she wrote many cinquain poem, which is a 5-lined poem with 22 syllables. When Adelaid Crapsey died, Claude Bragdon published the book "Verses". This book was contained with Adelaid Crapsey's poem. After the book was released, cinquain became popular. She also wrote many kinds of poems, such as "Verse" and "A Study in English Metrics".


by Adelaide Crapsey

Fate Defied

As it
Were tissue of silver
I'll wear, O fate, thy grey,
And go mistily radiant, clad
Like the moon.

Night Winds

The old
Old winds that blew
When chaos was, what do
They tell the clattered trees that I
Should weep?

The Warning

Just now,
Out of the strange
Still dusk . . . as strange, as still . . .
A white moth flew . . . Why am I grown
So cold? Adelaide Crapsey