Whittled Words – Clogyrnach Poem



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Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:

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CLOGYRNACH POEM

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Clogyrnach is a Welsh poetic meter that falls under the poetic form of odes. Clogyrnach are composed of any number of 6-line stanzas. Each stanza has 32 syllables. It utilizes as simple AB rhyme scheme.

  • 6-line poem
  • Any number of stanzas
  • Rhyming scheme of AABBBA

Line 1: 8 syllables with an A rhyme
Line 2: 8 syllables with an A rhyme
Line 3: 5 syllables with a B rhyme
Line 4: 5 syllables with a B rhyme
Line 5: 3 syllables with a B rhyme
Line 6: 3 syllables with an A rhyme

Note: There’s also a variant that combines lines 5 and 6 into one line, thus making a 5-line stanza (see example below).

Line 1: 8 syllables with an A rhyme
Line 2: 8 syllables with an A rhyme
Line 3: 5 syllables with a B rhyme
Line 4: 5 syllables with a B rhyme
Line 5: 6 syllables with an A rhyme

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Examples of Clogyrnach Poems:

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LAMENT FOR MOTHER AND CHILD

by seingraham

A child is weeping in the dark
His mother’s left him in the park
What was she thinking?
Had she been drinking?
Her wee king
Her stretch mark

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THIS LONGED-FOR RAIN

(Variant From)

By Taylor Graham

Open your arms to silver rain
with every grass-leaf on the plain
and moss upon stones
and the dry creek’s bones –
every vein this rain owns.

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BREATH OF FALL

By Brad Osborne

Fall trees not washed by color yet

Brisk morning air lest you forget

Summer has gone by

In blink of an eye

Longing sigh

Some regret

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CHURCH

(Variant From)

By Brad Osborne

She calls to me for company

Many more miles for us to see

Over time-worn seat

I spread my two feet

Blessed sanctuary

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I hope you have enjoyed this entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own Clogyrnach poem. Thanks for reading!

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Comments
11 Responses to “Whittled Words – Clogyrnach Poem”
  1. Jim Borden says:

    hopefully summer will not be over in a blink of an eye, and you get a chance to enjoy many rides.

    I liked the style of this poem…

  2. beth says:

    no, summer is not on it’s way out yet….) the first one – wow

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Beautiful!! I think you still have some time to enjoy these summer rides before the bitterness of autumn sets in, though. I hope you enjoy them to the fullest!

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    Lovely style of poetry my friend. Yours are beautiful my favorite the first. I might try this one not as complex as some styles you have mastered.

    As always thank you for sharing and educating me.

    I send my love with flowers, that will be sweet for many hours.
    🌻🌺🌹🌷🌸🌺love Jonikins

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