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Breccbairdne: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the breccbairdne, an Irish poetic form.

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the breccbairdne, an Irish poetic form.

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Breccbairdne Poems

The breccbairdne is an Irish quatrain form. Here are the basic guidelines:

  • Quatrain (or four-line stanza) form
  • Five syllables in the first line; six syllables in the other three lines
  • Each line ends with a two-syllable word
  • Lines two and four rhyme
  • All end words consonate

Quick note: Consonance is the act of repeating consonant sounds; my example below consonates middle and end sounds, but consonance could also focus on the opening consonant sounds.

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Here’s my attempt at a breccbairdne:

tattle, by Robert Lee Brewer

Go, tell your father
that you saw your mother
being quite a bother
to your older brother

down by the river
where there is a sliver
of an uncooked liver
that prompted a shiver

before some shaking
without any faking
of news you were breaking
about their scene making.

(Note on my example: I rhymed a lot more frequently than is required by this form. Remember that you only "need" to rhyme the second and fourth line of each stanza.)

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