For this week's poetic form, we're examining another version of the englyn, which is usually a tercet (three-line stanza) or quatrain (four-line stanza) form. The englyn proest dalgron is a quatrain version with simple rules for a Welsh form.
Here are the guidelines for the englyn proest dalgron:
- Poem comprised of quatrains
- Each line has seven syllables
- All lines within each quatrain consonate or rhyme on a dipthong
Play with poetic forms!
Poetic forms are fun poetic games, and this digital guide collects more than 100 poetic forms, including more established poetic forms (like sestinas and sonnets) and newer invented forms (like golden shovels and fibs).
Here's my attempt at an Englyn Proest Dalgron poem:
"This Past Moment," by Robert Lee Brewer
Leave me a moment to sing
about our gang signs and slang
whenever we hang (or hung),
because we are rarely wrong
in this moment (or the past)
that haunts us as if a ghost
or, perhaps, taunts like a pest
who counts it up as a cost.