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Sned-Bairdne: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the sned-bairdne, an Irish quatrain form.

For this week's poetic form, we're going to look at an Irish quatrain (or four-line stanza) form. Here are the guidelines for writing this one:

  • Lines one and three have eight syllables
  • Lines two and four have four syllables
  • Rhyme scheme: abcb
  • End words for each line have two syllables
  • The end words for lines one and three consonate with the words in lines two and four
  • Every stressed word in line four rhymes

My example below features only one quatrain, but poets can link two or more in one poem if they wish.

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Here's my attempt at an sned-bairdne:

"dragon," by Robert Lee Brewer

The mountains hide a large dragon
in a cavern
according to local legend
at the tavern.

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