Form, or: Substance

An Awdl Gywydd

What forms could ideas take,
should they make friends with meter?
Do they gain aught from rhyme schemes?
Might love themes make them sweeter?

P'raps stiff attempts at versing
are but forcing strained meanings,
while rhymers free verse treat cheap,
which with deepest soul-words rings?

Awdl Gywydd

  • Syllabic: stanzas of four lines, seven syllables per line;
  • The final syllable of the first and third lines rhyme with the 3rd-5th syllable of the following lines;
  • The second and fourth lines rhyme.

dโ€™Verse Open Link Night #320

A while ago (over one year ago), I was exploring Welsh poetic forms, and I tried the Awdl Gywydd on for size… this was my first attempt (slightly tweaked since I first wrote it), which I’d like to share for d’Verse OLN #320 tonight.


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25 thoughts on “Form, or: Substance”

  1. Form or substance indeed. I love this line…. “Might love themes make them sweeter?” Ummm….maybe I’ll have to use a love theme the next time there is what I call a “sudoku prompt”! As in trying to get all the beats right, the syllables, the rhymes, etc. I’ve never enjoyed sudokus….too tedious. I want to get right to the crosswords where I have to think of meanings and words…ah…substance over mathematical puzzles! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. this is wonderful. I’ve only tried this form once before. It was hard. You probably do these in your sleep. Wonderful. Keep going. blessings.

  3. I wouldnโ€™t know how to answer you.
    In all respects of poetry you are good and all depends what you wish to say. You are sufficiently lightfooted to dance with all of them.

  4. You are a brave and undaunted poet! I shy away from most of the Welsh forms due to that pesky internal rhyme (which causes me to sweat) but you make it look effortless!! And of course your clever use of this theme leaves me (nearly) speechless!!!

  5. Well posed questions here in te strictest of forms, which interpret as an attempt to dance on the horns of this dilemma yourself… Good for you…

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