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Fourteenth Century Stanza


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The Fourteenth Century Stanza is the earliest verse recorded in the Cornish language. It is a stanza form which has been found only in fragment and is thought to be part of a play. These stanzas were a narrator's advice on marriage to a lady. Cornish literature seems to be pretty much confined to plays, and certainly with religious overtones. Cornwall like Wales has Celtic origins, but the Cornish language died by the 18th century.

The elements of the Fourteenth Century Stanza are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of sixains, made up of 2 tercets.
  2. unmetered. The stanza could loosely be defined as trochaic, with lines that vary from 4 to 9 syllables.
  3. rhymed. Rhyme scheme aabccb or aabaab.

    Sunrise Service by Judi Van Gorder

    Empty cross upon a hill,
    rising sun warms morning chill,
    joyful sounds fill the air.
    In MaryJanes and yellow dress,
    gathered within the faithful press,
    I can only stare.

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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