Make it a Double (A Cywydd Llosgyrnog Poem)

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A Cywydd Llosgyrnog Poem is a syllabic-based Welsh form with both end and internal rhymes. Here’s the structure of this six-line form (with the letters acting as syllables and the a’s, b’s, and c’s signifying rhymes:

1-xxxxxxxa
2-xxxxxxxa
3-xxxaxxb
4-xxxxxxxc
5-xxxxxxxc
6-xxxcxxb

So lines 1, 2, 4, and 5 are 8 syllables in length with lines 1 and 2 rhyming as well as lines 4 and 5. Lines 3 and 6 have 7 syllables and rhyme with each other; plus, line 3 has an internal rhyme with lines 1 and 2 while line 6 has an internal rhyme with lines 4 and 5. Phew!!! There are no further rules for subject matter or meter. (I think they have rules enough, don’t you?

Here is my poem.  Poets in the crowd, may I invite you to try out this challenging form as well? Don’t forget that internal rhyme as well as the end rhymes!

Make it a Double

I must admit that chocolate
is still my favorite ice cream, but
when asked what I’d like to lick,
pistachio  is very good
and so it’s likely (if I could)
some of each would be my pick.

 

(I found the prompt HERE on the Writer’s Digest website.)

21 thoughts on “Make it a Double (A Cywydd Llosgyrnog Poem)

  1. theceaselessreaderwrites

    I’m always keen to try my hand at a form poem, Judy. If I don’t forget, I may try this tomorrow or Friday. Now be a dear and tell us how to pronounce Cywydd Llosgyrnog. I’m pretty handy with Old English & Middle English, but Welsh & Celtic have effectively evaded my grasp…

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      1. Eileen

        Cywydd (Coo-with) Llosgyrnog (Loss-gern-ogg). To make the Ll sound stick your tongue towards the side of your mouth (behind your teeth) and force breath out – it should be similar to a hiss, but without the ‘s’ sound. The ‘dd’ is a slightly harder sound than the ‘th’ I suggested above. Sadly I don’t actually speak Welsh, but can pronounce most words I see written down – I’ve only lived here for 60 years (but speaking Welsh was NOT encouraged when I was in school).

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      2. lifelessons Post author

        Wow! Never in a million years did I think someone who actually spoke Welsh would be able to answer the question. Thanks so much, Eileen. Where in Wales do you live? I loved the little village of Laugharne near Swansea.

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      3. lifelessons Post author

        I don’t believe we made it up that far. Would need to dig through dread cartons in the garage cabinets to find our route if I saved it. We loved what we did see of Wales, though.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I used to do the NYT cryptic crossword whenever it came out. I now devote that time to cryptic poetry.. ha. Yes I do love puzzles of all kinds: jigsaw, logic, crosswords. I don’t have the time now as I spend the equivalent (and more) time blogging, which is satisfying as well. I do love poetry forms with difficult constraints. That satisfies my need for puzzles in my life.

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