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Rinnard: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rinnard, which is an Irish quatrain form.

The rinnard is an Irish poetic form. It has the following guidelines:

  • Quatrain (or four-line) poem (or stanzas).
  • Six-syllable lines.
  • Two-syllable rhymes at the end of each line.
  • Rhyme scheme for each quatrain: abcb.
  • The "a" and "c" words consonate with the "b" words.
  • Usually an aicill rhyme between lines three and four.

Note on aicill rhyme: An aicill rhyme in this poem means that the final syllable of line three rhymes somewhere in line four (usually the middle). While I tried in my example below, I came up just a tad short--unless we want to really slant the rhyme of "fever/heated" in the first stanza.

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Here’s my attempt at a rinnard:

Dover Men, by Robert Lee Brewer

When young men in Dover
start to get a shiver,
they may have a fever
from a heated liver.

Perhaps, they drink hardest
when they're being modest;
with their lips unharnessed,
at least they'll be honest.

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