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#16 Clogyrnach

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Clogyrnach clog-ír-nach, the 16th codified Welsh meter, an Awdl, is associated with what I can only assume is the name of an ancient poet, Cynddelw and is framed with a cyhydedd fer couplet combined with a longer form. It is rarely used by today's poets.


The defining features of the Clogymach are:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of quintets, combining a cyhydedd fer (a rhymed couplet of 8 syllable lines) and a tercet of two 5 syllable lines followed by one 6 syllable line of 2 equal parts, 3 syllables each.
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme AABBA. The 1st phrase of L5 rhymes with the previous line and the 2nd phrase rhymes with cyhydedd fer couplet.
  • flexible, L5 of the cinquain can be added to the end of L4 creating a quatrain or can be broken into 2 separate lines creating a sixain.


    Clog Ear Nach by DC Martinson


    Inside my head there is a fight

    That leaves me void of sleep at night:

    My ear infected,

    By cure neglected.

    Dejected - Till dawn's light.

    x x x x x x x A

    x x x x x x x A

    x x x x B

    x x x x B

    x x B x x A

    x x x x x x x A

    x x x x x x x A

    x x x x B

    x x x x B

    x x B

    x x A

    x x x x x x x A

    x x x x x x x A

    x x x x B

    x x x x B x x B x x A


    Smooth lines with the color of peach,

    time invites them to dream and reach.

    Peer imitates,

    lust lures, promise baits,

    a world waits, ours to teach.

    --- Judi Van Gorder


    Within the gemstone, facets glint

    like sun on snow with winter's tint,

    sparkling colors fuse

    in translucent hues

    mark my muse with fired flint.

    ---Judi Van Gorder

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