Byr A Thoddaid
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Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Other
A Welsh syllabic quatrain form. It consists of two
couplets, either of which can appear as the first couplet of the stanza.
One couplet consists of two eight-syllable lines that rhyme with each other.
The other couplet consists of one ten-syllable line and one six-syllable line. The ten-syllable line has a rhyme before the end in the seventh, eighth, or
ninth syllable that rhymes with the end of the six-syllable line. Syllables after the rhyme will have some correspondence with the beginning of the
six-syllable line. This corresponence might be alliteration, rhyme or assonance.
Both the Welsh and the French were so inventive with their
prosody that it's no wonder that the Anglo-Saxons came to dominate the world rather than either of these two groups.
A byr a thoddaid verse might look like:
where the 1 represents the association through
assonance, alliteration, or rhyme.
The “a” and “b” are the more normal rhymes.
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