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Englyn Unodl Union: Poetic Forms

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

I thought I was done with the englyn, and it's various variations, but alas, here's one more. The englyn unodl union is like the englyn unodl crwca, except it flips the first two lines with the second two lines.

As such, here are the guidelines for the englyn unodl union:

  • Poem comprised of quatrains (or four-line stanzas)
  • First line has 10 syllables
  • Second line has six syllables
  • Last two lines have seven syllables
  • All lines share the same rhyme at the end, except for the first line which features the rhyme near the end
  • The syllables after the rhyme near the end of the first line should be echoed at the beginning of the second line

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Here's my attempt at an Englyn Unodl Union poem:

"Waiting," by Robert Lee Brewer

Most times, we might wait for war, but it's here,
and it's clear we are far
from understanding how far
we are from ending this war.

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