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#14. Cyhydedd fer


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Cyhydedd fer cuh-hée-dedd ver (short equivalence rhyme), the 14th codified ancient Welsh Meters is a stanzaic Awdl. It is simply couplets in rhymed 8 syllable lines. It is less commonly used by the Welsh who seem to prefer 7 syllable lines. In the ancient poems, these couplets were often multiplied into long stanzas all carrying the same rhyme or employed to present a riddle dyfalu.

The elements of the Cyhydedd fer are:

  1. written in any number of rhymed couplets.
  2. made up of 8 syllable lines.
  3. rhymed aa bb cc dd etc.
    x x x x x x x A                                                     
    x x x x x x x A
    "in many old Welsh poems, a mood is established by a
    description of the season of the year…."
    ---- Introduction to Welsh Poetry
    Moch dwyreawc huan haf dyfestin                                
    maws llafar adar mygyr hear hin
    me ytwyf eur ddetyf diofyn yn rin
    mi ytwyf llew rac llu lluch vyg gortin
    Gorwylyeis nosy n achadw fin
    Gorlas gwellt didrif dwfyr neud yessin;
    gordyar eaws awdyl gynneuin
    Gwylein yn gware are wely lliant.
          - - - the Gorhoffedd 12th century
    Absence by Judi Van Gorder

    No blue ink stains on my fingers
    but the yearning that still lingers.
    It's been too long since I've wondered
    too many days since I've hungered.
    Today I'll write a simple rhyme,
    get back my groove and then in time
    I'll dig a way inside of me
    to find a poem, set it free.
    Brick by Brick by Stephen Arndt

    Rome was rebuilt once brick by brick,
    One board by board, one stick by stick.
    While time is tolling nick by nick
    And clocks are counting tick by tick,
    A goal now goads me prick by prick:
    I weigh my word choice pick by pick,
    And load my lines then lick by lick,
    While writing rhymes pen click by click.
    Once taught this trade, learned trick by trick,
    I raise my Rome up brick by brick.

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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