|The River Wye, the 1816 road bridge,|
and the castle at Chepstow, Wales.
The river forms the boundary between Monmouthshire, Wales (left) and Gloucestershire, England (right).
Kerry’s challenge for the online writers’ group Imaginary Garden with Real Toads this weekend has been the Welsh poetry form Cyhydedd Hir (pronounced cu-hée-dedd heer).
Kerry says the basis of Cyhydedd Hir is a single line of 19 syllables, and two rhymes, set out as follows:
x x x x A x x x x A x x x x A x x x B
(where x is a single syllable)
"The final poem should consist of the basic 19-syllable variation repeated four times with new rhymes introduced within each section," she said. So I did it.
As you can see, I had a bit of fun with my 19-syllable lines. Kerry did say we don't have to use 19 syllables per line: we could write couplets, tercets or quatrains of 19 syllables, but I chose to use 19-syllable lines, forming 38-syllable couplets, with a twist. (I seldom do exactly as I'm told.)
VOCABULARY, a Cyhydedd Hir
by Kay L. Davies, August, 2012
equanimity, perspicacity, reciprocity, each a big word
parsimonious, multifarious, impecunious, big as a herd
matriculation, peregrination, corroboration, every word
satisfactory, propitiatory, conciliatory, wants to be heard
antithetical, preternatural, ecumenical, just for the sound
cornucopia, misanthropia, pre-utopia, going around
qualifications, congratulations, to all the nations, every one
contemporary, apothecary, fiduciary, now we are done