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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Irish Verse The Ochtfochlach is a Celtic form from the 13th century. Unlike many of the more complicated dán díreach or strict Irish forms the Ochtfochlach uses simpler rhymes and is less formal in structure. Considered óglachas or "apprentice work", often used by amateurs. The elements of the Ochtfochlach are: an octastich, a poem in 8 lines. syllabic, at the discretion of the poet as long as the lines are uniform length. rhymed, aaabcccb. Ostrich Races by Judi Van Gorder