5445George's prompts - Response from Ruth
- Sep 1, 2013Here are responses to George's last two prompts. Let me know if you think I was able to follow the form he outlined. I don't say I wrote a good poem, just trying to get the format right. Poem is below his description.
8-28-13 - 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):
If you are careful to feed your pets
They are thankful for what they may get
But feeding them snacks gets all out of whack
When it makes them get fat I would bet!
The lai is another French form.
It's a nine-line poem or stanza that uses an "a" and "b" rhyme following this pattern:
The lines with an "a" rhyme use 5 syllables;
the "b" rhyme lines have 2 syllables.
It feels kind of like organized skeltonic verse.
my pride won't allow
my hurt to show now
dark thoughts hide in clouds
can't be said aloud
I just cannot bow
to your will somehow
© 2013 by Ruth Y. Nott