Lethrannaegecht Mor: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the lethrannaegecht mor, which is an Irish quatrain form.
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The lethrannaegecht mor is an Irish poetic form with the following guidelines:

  • Quatrain (or four-line) poem (or stanzas).
  • Rhyme scheme: abcb
  • Five syllables per line.
  • Assonance (or repetition of vowel sounds) in the first two lines of each stanza.
  • The end word of the third line rhymes with a word in the middle of the fourth line (and if it doesn't, then the "a" and "c" words should consonate with the "b" words).

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Here’s my attempt at a lethrannaegecht mor:

The Good Prince, by Robert Lee Brewer

Since I met the prince
from whence he once pranced,
I followed his song
along where he danced.

He juggled and jumped
just because he could
and never did bad--
so glad to be good.

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