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Cethramtu Rannaigheacht Mor

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The Cethramtu Rannaigheacht Mor is a relatively simple stanzaic Irish Verse Form.

The defining features of the Cethramtu Raanigheacht Mor are:

  1. written in any number of quatrains,
  2. syllabic, each line has 3 syllables.
  3. rhymed xaxa xbxb etc, x being unrhymed.
  4. written with the defining features of most Celtic poems, cywddydd (harmony of sound) and dunadh (ending the poem with the same word, phrase or line with which the poem began) Irish Verse Forms

    Swinging Door by Judi Van Gorder

    Open door
    lets her roam,
    in and out
    of her home.

    Fun with toys
    bright play things,
    when she swings
    small bell rings.

    She'll not leave
    here's hopin',
    through the door
    left open.

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