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Englyn byr cwca

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Englyn byr cwca is a shortened crooked rhyme and is not one of the 24 Official Welsh Meters.

The defining features of the Englyn bry cwca are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of tercets.
  2. syllabic, 7-10-6 syllable lines.
  3. rhymed, rhyme scheme aba, cdc, etc. The L2 end rhyme appears internally midway in L3.

    x x x x x x a
    x x x x x x x x x b|
    x x b x x a

    A Look Forward by Judi Van Gorder

    Vows, "in sickness and in health",
    they're hard to see when strong and young in love,
    time is part of the wealth.
    But years turn and visions blur,
    the body slows and vitality goes,
    hopes and woes are deferred.

    Here we are in winter's dawn,
    through grace or luck our days continue bright.
    We shun the night upon
    which one life will first depart.
    Only "death and taxes" they say, "are sure".
    mature, we play our part.

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