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#23 The Cyrch a chwta


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Cyrch a chwta, kirch-a-chóo-tah (two rhyme a chwta), the 23rd codified ancient Welsh Meter, an Awdl is thought to be Einion Offeiriad's invention, and was rarely used.

The elements of the Cyrch a chwta are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of octaves made of a monorhymed sixain and an Awdl gywydd couplet.
  2. heptasyllabic, 7 syllables per line.
  3. rhymed, rhyme scheme aaaaaaba with the end syllable of L7 echoed somewhere in the early part of the L8.

    x x x x x x A
    x x x x x x A
    x x x x x x A
    x x x x x x A
    x x x x x x A
    x x x x x x A
    x x x x x x B
    x x B x x x A
    (B can shift position slightly)              



    Neud esgud un a/idysgo
    Nid cywraint ond a'i caro,
    Nid mydrwr ond a'i medro,
    Nid cynnil ond a'I pyncio,
    Nid pencerdd ond a'I pyncio,
    Nid gwallus ond a golo
    Natur ei iaithm nid da'r wedd;                  
    Nid rhinwedd ond ar honno.
                Goronwy Owen


    Due Tomorrow by Judi Van Gorder

    eadlines hang over my head,
    each day something new is bred,
    bills and taxes seem to spread,
    I seek fun to do instead.
    Daily chores become best shed,
    work documents read and shred.
    Is there no end to this toil?
    That's the coil, then I'd be dead.


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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