Week Fifty-Two: Cyrch a Chwta

~We’ve reached the final week~
~of the 52-Form Challenge!~

Thanks to all who have read, liked, commented, and followed this blog since its inception over a year ago.

Meet the Cyrch a Chwta

It’s poetic in a way that the final form of this challenge would be a Welsh one. Way back in June of 2019 (what seems like a lifetime ago. Thanks, COVID!) I featured the Gwawdodyn in my very first post. I’m never one to be shy about picking favorites, and I find the poetic forms from Wales and Ireland a true delight to the ear and the soul. There are many similarities between the forms of these Celtic nations (alliteration, intricate rhyme schemes, near impossible-to-pronounce names) and these forms, with their lively musicality, have been been a joy to work with. Other Welsh forms included in this challenge were: the Cywydd llosgyrnog (Week 8), and the Clogynarch (Week 21).

Key Features of the Cyrch a Chwta

Form: Features any number of eight-line syllables (octets)

– Lines 1 through 6 and 8 share an end rhyme
– Line 8 features an internal cross-rhyme with line 7 at syllable 3, 4, or 5

Syllables: Seven syllables per line


Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) on Jul 14 2020 (Wikimedia Commons)

An Original Cyrch a Chwta

Catching Comets (NEOWISE C2020)

See the comet NEOWISE
streaming its tail as it flies.
While it may take a few tries—
You’ll need clear northwestern skies—
It is large enough in size
To see with unaided eyes.
Catch it better on the wing
With something that magnifies.


Want to Learn More? Start Here:

Cyrch A Chwta Poems – Writer’s Digest
Cyrch a Chwta – Poets Collective
Cyrch a chwta – Poetry Magnum Opus


Thanks for reading!

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Write your own Cyrch a Chwta and share in the comments!

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