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#13. Rhupunt

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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry

Rhupunt, rhée-pint is as old as Welsh poetry and is found in the earliest writings in the Black Book of Carmarthen (late 12th century). It is the 13th codified Welsh meter, an Awdl,

 

The Rhupunt is:

  • written in a single line with optional length. It may be written in 3, 4, or 5, four syllable phrases. The phrases are mono-rhymed, all except the last phrase.
  • most often paired with another rhupunt to form a rhyming couplet.
  • stanzaic, the stanza length is optional since the line can be separated by phrase into a triplet, quatrain or cinquain, depending on the number of phrases written.
  • rhymed. The internal mono-rhyme changes from line to line or if separated, from stanza to stanza but the end syllable of the line is a linking rhyme from line to line or if separated, stanza to stanza.
    xxx A xxx A (xxx A) (xxx A) xxx B

    xxx C xxx C (xxx C) (xxx C) xxx B

     

    x x x A

    x x x A

    x x x A

    x x x B

     

    x x x C

    x x x C

    x x x C

    x x x B

    Easter Rathe by Judi Van Gorder

    At Easter light the day springs bright and all is right, night held at bay.

    My faith is strong, to Him belong and filled with song I rise to pray.

     

     

    x x x A

    x x x A

    x x x B

     

    x x x C

    x x x C

    x x x B

    x x x A

    x x x A

    x x x A

    x x x A

    x x x B

     

    x x x A

    x x x A

    x x x A

    x x x A

    x x xB

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