Week Fifty-Two: Cyrch a Chwta

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

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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)

Rhyme:
– 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

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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.

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Want to Learn More? Start Here:

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


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Week Fifty-One: Rannaigheact Mhor

Meet the Rannaigheact Mhor

The Rannaigheact is a type of Irish quatrain which has many variations. Like other Celtic forms, it is complex with several formal requirements, including alliteration, strict syllable count, and cross-rhymes. The Rannaigheact Mhor may have more formal requirements than any other form I’ve attempted so far. If you love rhyme and you’re up for a challenge, this form is for you!

Key Features of the Rannaigheact Mhor*


Form: Written in any number of quatrains

Rhyme:
– Features an abab rhyme scheme, including consonant end sounds
– At least 2 cross-rhymes in each couplet of each quatrain
– Final word of line 3 rhymes with interior of line 4

Syllables: Seven-syllable lines (heptasyllabic)

Alliteration: At least two words alliterate in each line

Ending:
– Final word of line 4 alliterates with preceding stressed word
– Final sound of poem echoes first sound of poem (common for Irish forms)

*Adapted from this Writer’s Digest post

Example Poem & Rhyme Guide

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An Original Rannaigheact Mhor

Wear a Mask

Please preserve faith in science;
Compliance flattens the curve.
This deserves an alliance;
This defiance doesn’t serve.

Some won’t see the greater good,
But agree we should be free.
I’d quickly flee If I could,
But that would serve only me.

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Want to Learn More? Start Here:

Rannaigheact Mhor – Writer’s Digest
Rannaigheact Mhor Poem – Poems and Quotes

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