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#17. Cyhydedd Naw Ban

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Cyhydedd Naw Ban, cuh-hée-dedd naw ban, is the 17th codified ancient Welsh Meter, an Awdl merter. Poems using this meter often have lengthy sequences of couplets without change of rhyme.

The defining features of the Cyhydedd Naw Ban are:

  1. written in any number of rhymed couplet.
  2. made up of 9 syllable lines.
  3. rhymed, aa etc.

    x x x x x x x x A                                         
    x x x x x x x x A




    Wrthyt greawdyr byt bid vygobeith
    Wrthyf byd drugar hywar hyweith
    Yth arge neud gwae nyt gwael y gweith
    Wrth dynyon gwylon y bo goleith
    Wrht hynny Duw vry vrenhin pob ieith
    yth archaf dagnef keinllef kanlleith.
                              Einion 15th century

    News Images by Judi Van Gorder

    They stand tall with bravado and yet,
    covered faces deny who we've met.
    Rockets, AKAs, swords, held in threat,
    brow of hapless hostage exudes sweat.
    No games played here, you will lose the bet,
    mistakes of the past, lead to regret.

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