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Dechnad Mor: Poetic Forms

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

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Dechnad Mor Poems

The dechnad mor (not to be confused with the dechnad cummaisc) is an Irish poetic form that employs quatrains (or four-line stanzas). Here are the guidelines:

  • Four-line stanzas.
  • Lines one and three have eight syllables and end rhyme with each other.
  • Lines two and four have six syllabes and end rhyme with each other.
  • Each end rhyme is a two-syllable end rhyme.
  • Each line features alliteration between at least two words.
  • The end of the first line rhymes with the beginning of the second line.
  • The end of the third line rhymes with the beginning of the fourth line.

So yeah, there are a lot (A LOT) of rules packed into each quatrain!

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Here’s my attempt at a dechnad mor:

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Carl fell in love with a klepto,
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She did not pilfer his Pepto,
so that's a right relief!

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