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#4. Englyn unodl crwc or crooked short one rhyme englyn

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Englyn unodl crwca, én-glin éen-oddle crewc (crooked short one rhyme englyn) the 4th codified Official Welsh Meter, an Englyn,, is the structural reverse of Englyn unodl union which is far more popular. The englyn unodl crwca is rarely used.

The Englyn unodl crwc is:

  1. stanzaic, written as any number of quatrains,
  2. syllabic, 7-7-10-6 syllable per line.
  3. rhymed, mono rhymed. In L3 the main rhyme is found in the last half of the line followed by caesura and gair cyrch.
  4. composed with "gair cyrch" in L3 (syllables in the last half of a line that follow the main rhyme marked by caesura. The gair cyrch end rhyme is to be echoed or consonated as secondary rhyme in the 1st half of L4. The caesura often appears as a dash.)
    x x x x x x A
    x x x x x x A
    x x x x x x A - x x b                       
    x b x x x A
    Kyt ymwnel kywyt, bryt brys,
    yn llawen llewych yslys,
    lletryt dallon donn ef ai dengys---gud                      
    lliw blaen gruc Generys.
       ---- Einion Offeiriad 15th century
    Upon this Rock by Judi Van Gorder

    e chose a simple fisherman,
    rock foundation holds God's plan,
    His anointed Sacristan - head of church,
    Peter's perch . . . Vatican.

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