Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the cyhydedd fer, a Welsh couplet form.
Cyhydedd Fer Poems
The cyhydedd fer is a Welsh couplet (or 2-line stanza) form with 8 syllables per line and an aa end rhyme. It’s as simple as that!
Note: As with many couplet forms, this type of poem can be written with the couplets as individual stanzas or packed together into longer (even-numbered) stanzas.
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Here’s my attempt at a cyhydedd fer:
the moon, by Robert Lee Brewer
Maybe the moon would like to say
a word in its reflective way
about the sun and how its light
makes lovers swoon in the cold night,
but the moon may have its own fears--
why once a month it disappears--
to send the sun a subtle sign
that at night it takes two to shine.