Droigneach: Poetic Forms

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Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the droigneach, an Irish form that uses end rhymes, internal rhymes, and trisyllabic words.

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Droigneach Poems

The droigneach is an Irish poetic form with the following guidelines:

  • Quatrains (the quatrains can be combined to form longer stanzas)
  • Each line can be 9 to 13 syllables long (consistent within the poem)
  • Line 1 rhymes with line 3, and line 2 rhymes with line 4.
  • Each couplet has an internal rhyme
  • The final word of each line has three syllables
  • The final syllable sound should rhyme with the first syllable sound
  • Ample alliteration is allowed (encouraged even)


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