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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Irish Verse Séadna (shay'-na) is Gaelic for passage.The Séadnas are dan direach or direct meter requiring alliteration in each line. The Séadna alternate syllable count from line to line. They are written with cywddydd (harmony of sound) and dunadh (ending the poem with the same word, phrase or line with which the poem began). Séadna (named for its main character.) is also an old Irish folktale by Peadar Ó Laoghaire (1839-1920), published in 1904 which is a favorite for beginning readers of Gaelic and is not written in verse. The elements of the