Entertainment / Literature / Cywydd: (plural, cywyddau) A fourteenth-century metrical form of Welsh lyric poetry consisting of rhyming couplets with each line having seven syllables. Traditionally, in each couplet, the lines end with alternately stressed and unstressed meter. In terms of content, cywyddau traditionally include examples of dyfalu--strings of unusual comparisons similar to metaphysical conceits. The genre is associated with the poet Dafydd ap Gwilym.

Cywydd Llosgyrnog

Entertainment / Literature / Cywydd Llosgyrnog: A type of Welsh verse consisting of a sestet stanza in which the syllable count is eight, eight, seven, eight, eight, and seven respectively. The first two lines rhyme and cross-rhyme with the middle MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Englyn: A group of certain Welsh tercets and quatrains written in strict Welsh meters including monorhyme and cywydd, especially in poems that make use of cynghanedd. The simplest example of an englyn is the MORE

Free Meter

Entertainment / Literature / Free Meter: Not to be confused with free verse, free meter refers to a type of Welsh poetry in which the meters do not correspond to the 'strict meters' established in the 1400s. Cf. Free verse, strict meter, awd MORE