Voice of the Sublime

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In this month’s entry for the A and I Poetry Challenge to write a short 5-line poem, I thought I would try the version of a cinquain as used by Adelaide Crapsey, an early twentieth-century poet. Her form had 22 syllables distributed among the five lines in a 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 pattern. Her poems share a similarity with the Japanese tanka, another five-line form & another favourite of mine, in their focus on imagery and the natural world.


The feature photo is taken at the Esplanade: Theatres by the Bay, one of Singapore’s premier concert venues, where we have had the pleasure of enjoying many music performances. It is my contribution to Debbie’s One Word Sunday Challenge: Music.


And of course, when thinking of the sublime and music, one also thinks of music like this piece aptly called When a Gypsy makes his violin cry, by Emery Deutsch


14 Replies to “Voice of the Sublime”

  1. Again, a perfect combination of title, photograph, poem, prose and music, all of which work together to make this a memorable post to help us experience sublime. I love your poem. You said so much within the poetic structure you used.

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