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5440Re: 2 Poetic Forms

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  • gen_augustus_mellon
    Aug 28, 2013
      And if I may...

      I forgot to add, as a songwriter, these two forms are a very "chorus friendly" structure/format...



      --- In poemoftheday@yahoogroups.com, "G. Smith" <geo30213@...> wrote:
      > From Robert Lee Brewer's Poetic Asides Blog (found at http://www.writersdigest.com/
      > Gwawdodyn:
      > The gwawdodyn is a Welsh poetic form with a couple variations.
      > However, both versions are comprised of quatrains (4-line stanzas) that have a 9/9/10/9 syllable pattern and matching end rhymes on lines 1, 2, and 4.
      > The variations are made in that third line:
      >     * One version has an internal rhyme within the third line. So there’s a rhyme somewhere within the third line with the end rhyme on the third line.
      >     * The other version has an internal rhyme within the third line that rhymes with an internal rhyme in the fourth line.
      > In both cases, the rhyme starts somewhere in the middle of the third line and it is a unique rhyme to the end rhyme in lines 1, 2, and 4.
      > Here’s a possible diagram for the first version (with the x’s symbolizing syllables):
      > 1-xxxxxxxxa
      > 2-xxxxxxxxa
      > 3-xxxxbxxxxb
      > 4-xxxxxxxxa
      > Note: The “b” rhyme in the middle of line 3 could slide to the left or right as needed by the poet.
      > ---------------------------------
      > Lai:
      > The lai is another French form.
      > It’s a nine-line poem or stanza that uses an “a” and “b” rhyme following this pattern:
      > aabaabaab.
      > The lines with an “a” rhyme use 5 syllables;
      > the “b” rhyme lines have 2 syllables.
      > It feels kind of like organized skeltonic verse.
      > ________________________________
      > <))><                
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