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#5 Englyn cyrch or two rhyme englyn

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Englyn cyrch, én-glin circh (two rhyme englyn), the 5th codified Official Welsh Meter, an Englyn is verse that employs cyrch which means internal rhyme.


The defining features of the Englyn cyrch are:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains made up of 2 Cywydd couplets, the Cywydd deuair hirion and Awdl gywydd.
  • syllablic, 7 syllable lines.
  • rhymed, AaBA with the end syllable of L3 rhymed somewhere in the first half of L4.


    x x x x x x A (stressed last syllable)

    x x x x x X a (unstressed last syllable)

    x x x x x x B

    x x B x x x A ( B ) can be in the 2nd 3rd or 4th syllables

    Fel y cuddia'r llwyni gleision

    ddolennog grwydriad Cynon

    dymunwn innau lechu'r ferch

    enynnodd serch fy nghalon


    Fall by Judi Van Gorder


    The wild wind and rain suppress

    the dancing leaves in darkness,

    telling time to disappear

    while they clear away excess.

















    The Saguaro Cactus by Stephen Arndt


    Curses on the god of sun,

    His burn a crime like arson!

    Yet you battle him till night

    And fight until you have won.


    Curses on the gods of wind,

    Whose force is unimagined!

    When they bluster through your place,

    You face the attack, thick-skinned.


    Curse the gods of sand and dust,

    Who storm when winds wail loudest!

    Let them cloud the air and vaunt,

    Undaunted, you stand robust.


    Ball your fists to curse and cuss,

    Strong-armed Saguaro Cactus!

    Rail against the desert sky,

    Defy it for all of us!

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