Toddaid: Poetic Forms

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

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Toddaid Poems

The toddaid is a Welsh poetic form comprised of quatrains (or four-line stanzas).

Here are the simplest guidelines:

  • Comprised of quatrains (or four-line stanzas).
  • Lines one and three have 10 syllables; lines two and four have nine syllables.
  • Lines two and four end rhyme.
  • A syllable near the end of line one rhymes with a syllable in the middle of line two.
  • A syllable near the end of line three rhymes with a syllable in the middle of line four.

Note on length: Toddaid can be as concise as one stanza (like my example below) or run on for multiple stanzas.

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Here’s my attempt at a toddaid:

Nocturne, by Robert Lee Brewer

When the winter breaks into confusion,
you can fuse a fast and simple rhyme
to an image of silent snow and moon
illuminating shadows sublime.

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