Last week, we looked at ottava rima. This week, let’s tackle hir a thoddaid.
Hir a Thoddaid Poems
Some of you may have already guessed, but the hir a thoddaid is a Welsh form. They’ve got the coolest names, right?
And this form is like other Welsh forms in regards to a slight variation in line length and some complexity in the rhyme scheme. Here’s the structure of this six-line form (with the letters acting as syllables and the a’s and b’s signifying rhymes:
So line 5 is 10 syllables in length; the other 5 lines are 9 syllables. Also, the “b” rhyme is somewhere near the end of line 5 and somewhere in the first half of line 6–so those rhymes could move back and forth to suit your needs.
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Here’s my attempt at a Hir a Thoddaid:
Ace, by Robert Lee Brewer
This is the year I really need space
to figure myself out and save face
from those who are always on my case
about how I don’t know how to grace
a room without dominating the scene
while demonstrating my sense of place.
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