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Poetry Forms
Monday, 8 August 2005
Cyhydedd Hir
Mood:  lyrical
Topic: Cyhydedd Hir

The Cyhydedd Hir (Cuh-hee-dedd heer) is a poem of 16 lines comprised of two sets of eight line stanzas with two quatrains each. The first three lines of each quatrain consists of five syllables, the fifth word of each line rhyming. The fourth line of the first stanza has four syllables and rhymes with the fourth line of the second stanza. Thus, the fourth lines are the main rhymes of the poem, while the other three lines are rhymes amongst themselves. The second set of quatrains contains a new rhyme at the end of the line four, just as each quatrain contains a new rhyme for each of the three five-syllable lines above it. The formula is as follows: (s=syllable)

Stanza 1


Stanza 2


Life Is Meant To Be Lived

---Tami Krueger

Arsenic's slow song
Plays smoothly along
All that had gone wrong,
Why didn't you flee?
You've muffled the tune,
The lie will end soon,
A crying of loons
From naked trees,

Poison's easy pill
At first made you ill,
But you just sat still
Awaiting death,
Impotent, I cried
Watching as you died,
Fearing death had lied
Near your warm breath.

Posted by tamilk64 at 6:33 PM
Updated: Tuesday, 16 August 2005 7:23 PM
Saturday, 6 August 2005
Terza Rima
Mood:  bright
Topic: Terza Rima

The Terza Rima is another Welsh form of poetry that is obscure today. The form contains nineteen iambic lines in six stanzas. The first five stanzas have three lines each (tercets), while the sixth stanza has four lines. The rhyme scheme is interesting in that the first stanza depicts the rhyming pairs of the second stanza, the second stanza dictates the rhyming pairs for the third stanza and so on. The rhyme scheme is a basic aba, with a twist in the stanza.:


Honestly, I was overwhelmed when I first attempted to write a poem using this form. The method that I used to develop the poem was that I simply wrote out the rhyme scheme at the top of my paper and inserted rhymes in columns along the body of the page. After I found some rhymes that I liked, I began to get an idea of what the poem would be about. The first stanza that I wrote was actually stanza number two, below, for I already had “sky, man, and try,” worked into the formula. After I wrote stanza #2, I began at number 1 and worked my way down to the final line in chronological order, using many of the words that I'd used in the formulating exercise, while also adding different ones.

This form of poetry is challenging and fun to write. It looks simple, but I did find it to be more challenging than it may appear to be. Pasted below is my rough draft of a Terza Rima poem.

Terza Rima

By Tami Krueger

We stand on a common ground,
The maggot, chestnut and I;
Living to ends under the mound,

Nothing eternal under the sky,
Is comprehended by man,
Though each must, in their turn, try,

Not paws of beasts nor human hand,
Can bend the sand's finite line,
Beyond the blood and water's land,

Liquids recycled; a sign,
That we are not merely guests,
And this flesh is not solely mine,

What evaporates, rains on the rest,
And those born of blood bear blood;
Recycling mankind's greatest quest;

To resurrect from the flood,
A life revolving around
What some treat as simple mud,

But Is blood and water, I've found.

Dante wrote the “Divine Comedy” using this form, Chaucer wrote “Complaint to His Lady” using the terza rima, and Lord Byron used it in "Prophecy of Dante.”

Posted by tamilk64 at 6:14 PM
Updated: Saturday, 6 August 2005 6:26 PM
Tuesday, 26 July 2005
The Englyn Milwr
Now Playing: The Englyn Milwr Poem
Topic: The Soldier's Englyn
The Englyn Milwr is toted as the soldier's Englyn, for it was usually set to a war theme. The Englyn Milwr is simple to construct, with each stanza consisting of three lines of seven syllables each. The end line of each line of the stanza will rhyme, and there is no limit to the number of stanzas in the poem. For example, the end words of each line in the first stanza may be end, friend, and send while the end lines of the second stanza may be coal, toll, and roll.

Below, I have included for example my own Englyn Milwr poem. It is not a true Englyn Milwr in the strict sense, for it is not about a physical battle fought by an actual soldier.

Smoothing bolts of pastel oils,
Starkly drawn remembered toils,'
Fiercely revealed canvas foils,

Intercourses' most intimate kind,
Sharing smudge's blended find,
Oil and canvas soon entwine,

My sweet friend I never knew,
Before being touched by you,
Of my brilliant, colored hue,

Colorless void, substance none,
Mirrored visions all and one,
Clouds hiding the brightest sun,

Pastels under my rough skin,
You caressed fondly within,
Blending a palette; love's kin.

Visit me at:

My Web Site

Posted by tamilk64 at 7:29 PM
Updated: Friday, 29 July 2005 2:49 PM
Friday, 22 July 2005
Poetry Forms
Now Playing: Forms of Poetry

There are as many opinions about poetry as there are poets. Some poets insist that free verse is the only true form of poetry, while other poets may argue passionately that poetry isn't true poetry unless it adheres to the rules of form.

We are hoping that students of both schools of thought will gleen some useful information from this blog. We will present poetry forms and include as much information as we can gather concerning them. Free verse, also, will be considered a form of poetry.

We hope that you find the information useful in your exploration of poetry.

Posted by tamilk64 at 10:48 AM
Updated: Monday, 25 July 2005 10:14 AM

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