Rannaigecht: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rannaigecht, an Irish quatrain form filled with rhymes.
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The rannaigecht is an Irish poetic form. In fact, there are actually a few versions of the rannaigecht, and I plan to cover them all on here eventually. But first, I'm going to share the rannaigecht proper as shared in Robin Skelton's The Shapes of Our Singing.

(Common poetry terms.)

Here are the ranaigecht guidelines:

  • Quatrains (or 4-line stanzas)
  • Seven syllables per line
  • End words usually have one-syllable words in lines one, two, and four; multi-syllabic word for line three
  • The end word of line three rhymes with a word (or words) in the middle of line four
  • Lines two and four end rhyme together
  • The end words of lines one, two, and four consonate (or have similar consonant sounds)

No other rules for subject or length!


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Here’s my attempt at a Rannaigecht:

It's December, by Robert Lee Brewer

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