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Casbairdne

Type:  

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Other Requirement, Isosyllabic, Stanzaic

 
Description: 

Pronounced coss-BUYer-dne, this is an Irish syllabic form. The verse is a quatrain composed of seven syllable lines. Beyond that, the form gets rather messy.

  • These lines have trisyllabic endings. (Rhymes go across three syllables: higgledy, piggledy, but usually real words)
  • Lines two and four rhyme.
  • Line one consonates with two and three consonates with four.
  • There are at least two cross-rhymes per couplet, although they can be off true in the first couplet. These cross-rhymes might appear anywhere between the second and fourth syllables. (As indicated in the schematic by the italicized letters.)
  • The final syllable of line four alliterates with the preceding stressed word.
  • Like most Celtic forms, the end should be the beginning in syllable, word, phrase, or line. (See Dunadh link below.)

My thanks to Professor Lewis Turco for clarifying this definition.

 
Origin: 

Irish

 
Schematic: 
x x b x (x x ac)
x a x x (x x bc)
x x x b (x x dc)
x x c x (x x bc)
 
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 

4

 
See Also:  

Dunadh

 
Status: 

Incomplete

 

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