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Crystalline Definition

A two line image poem, often with a title, in which euphony is the key factor. Each line may have 8 or 9 syllables to make a total of seventeen.

A Crystalline Poem, created by Denis Garrison, is a type of a small poem that is like a haiku, has 17 syllables, but is comprised of couplets. The primary focus of a Crystalline poem is to "assimilates as much as possible from the Japanese haiku tradition into the English poetic tradition."

The inspiration of Crystalline can be traced from haiku where both are at their best when structured in the present tense. The Crystalline poem borrows the cutting of word (Kireji) which is a characteristic of the Haiku. The cutting of word in the Crystalline application "cuts off" one view of the reader to a different view.

A poem that stand alone like the Crystalline, it uses the couplet long line structure similar to that of a long poem like Kireji where it should turn the view of the reader from a line to the next. The Crystalline poem allows for the subjectivity of the poet and allows for the thoughts and feelings of the poet to be portrayed through the verse, unlike Haiku that is reserved to the image with objectivity and is inclined towards retaining the ego out of the verse.

Crystalline Poem Example

Brian Strand


My fingers reach to touch the sky
where swallows circle,then southwards fly.

Other Crystalline Definition

[adj] consisting of or containing or of the nature of crystals; "granite is crystalline"
[adj] transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity; "the cold crystalline water of melted snow"; "crystal clear skies"; "could see the sand on the bottom of the limpid pool"; "lucid air"; "a pellucid brook"; "transparent cristal"
[adj] distinctly or sharply outlined; "crystalline sharpness of outline"- John Buchan

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Misc. Definitions

\Crys"tal*line\ (kr?s"tal-l?n or -l?n; 277), a. [L. crystallinus, from Gr. ????: cf. F. cristallin. See {Crystal}.]
1. Consisting, or made, of crystal. Mount, eagle, to my palace crystalline. --Shak.
2. Formed by crystallization; like crystal in texture. Their crystalline structure. --Whewell.
3. Imperfectly crystallized; as, granite is only crystalline, while quartz crystal is perfectly crystallized.
4. Fig.: Resembling crystal; pure; transparent; pellucid. ``The crystalline sky.'' --Milton. {Crystalline heavens}, or {Crystalline spheres}, in the Ptolemaic system of astronomy, two transparent spheres imagined to exist between the region of the fixed stars and the primum mobile (or outer circle of the heavens, which by its motion was supposed to carry round all those within it), in order to explain certain movements of the heavenly bodies. {Crystalline lens} (Anat.), the capsular lenslike body in the eye, serving to focus the rays of light. It consists of rodlike cells derived from the external embryonic epithelium.
\Crys"tal*line\, n.
1. A crystalline substance.
2. See {Aniline}. [Obs.]

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