Adelaide Crapsey

1878 - 1914

Adelaide Crapsey is best known as the inventor of the cinquain, a five-line poem inspired by Japanese haiku form and using an increasing syllable count (2 syllables, then 4, 6, 8, and 2 again). Crapsey's poetry has been set to music by John Duke, Lee Hoiby, and Hugo Weisgall.

Photo: Adelaide Crapsey, photographer and date unknown, publc domain

Songs & Song Collections BY Crapsey (entered to date)

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