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


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.



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: 


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