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Englyn Lleddfbroest: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the englyn lleddfbroest, a Welsh quatrain form.

Here's another englyn form. The englyn lleddfbroest (also spelled lledfbroest in Robin Skelton's guide) is another quatrain version of this Welsh poetic form.

Here are the guidelines for the englyn lleddfbroest:

  • Poem comprised of quatrains (or four-line stanzas)
  • Each line has seven syllables
  • All lines within each stanza rhyme
  • In the Welsh, they rhyme using Welsh diphthongs, but just use English diphthongs when writing in English

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Here's my attempt at an Englyn Lleddfbroest poem:

"It Was a Dark and Stormy Night," by Robert Lee Brewer

And we lost track of the hour
after storms knocked out the power
for our mood could never sour
as our conversation flowered

so electric was the air
as we rambled in our chairs
that we almost did not dare
mention that we even cared.

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