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#16 Clogyrnach


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Clogyrnach clog-ír-nach, the 16th codified Welsh meter, an Awdl, is associated with what I can only assume is the name of an ancient poet, Cynddelw and is framed with a cyhydedd fer couplet combined with a longer form. It is rarely used by today's poets.

The elements of the Clogymach are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of quintets, combining a cyhydedd fer (a rhymed couplet of 8 syllable lines) and a tercet of two 5 syllable lines followed by one 6 syllable line of 2 equal parts, 3 syllables each.
  2. rhymed, rhyme scheme AABBA. The 1st phrase of L5 rhymes with the previous line and the 2nd phrase rhymes with cyhydedd fer couplet.
  3. flexible, L5 of the cinquain can be added to the end of L4 creating a quatrain or can be broken into 2 separate lines creating a sixain.

    Clog Ear Nach by DC Martinson

    Inside my head there is a fight
    That leaves me void of sleep at night:
    My ear infected,
    By cure neglected.
    Dejected - Till dawn's light.

    x x x x x x x A                     
    x x x x x x x A
    x x x x B
    x x x x B
    x x B x x A

    x x x x x x x A
    x x x x x x x A                          
    x x x x B
    x x x x B
    x x B
    x x A

    x x x x x x x A
    x x x x x x x A
    x x x x B
    x x x x B x x B x x A

    Smooth lines with the color of peach,
    time invites them to dream and reach.                                    
    Peer imitates,
    lust lures, promise baits,
    a world waits, ours to teach.
                     --- Judi Van Gorder

    Within the gemstone, facets glint
    like sun on snow with winter's tint,
    sparkling colors fuse
    in translucent hues
    mark my muse with fired flint.
                     ---Judi Van Gorder

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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