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Irish Verse

The Casbiardne (koss búyer-dne) is bruilingeacht, a modified dán díreach, an ancient which uses consonant rhyme and cross internal rhyme.

The elements of the Casbairdne are:

  1. written in any number of quatrains,
  2. syllabic each line has 7 syllables.
  3. composed with L2 and L4 end rhyme and the end words of L1 and L3 consonate with the rhyme of L2 and L4
  4. often written with at least two internal cross rhymes in each couplet. (the 1st couplet near rhyme OK)
  5. composed with 2 words alliterated in each line.
  6. written with the final syllable of L4 alliterates with the preceding stressed word.
  7. 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

    capital = true rhyme / lower case = near rhyme / italics = consonant rhyme

    x x a x x x b
    x x x b x x A
    A x x x x x b
    x B x x x a A

    Laughing in Fall Colors by Judi Van Gorder

    Tall and golden stalks of wheat,
    wet meadow painted for fall,
    squall of autumn Earth whirls wit,
    fae fit for a season's scrawl.


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