Are you still finding yourself in that warm wonderful hopeful place from the transfer of leadership in America this week? And also maybe, like me, still wowed by how wonderful The Hill We Climb is?
While I am of course referring to Amanda Gorman’s powerful performance and her poem itself, it can also mean those hills each of us are climbing. Our lives, the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of each year (or periodically): aren’t all of these our own personal wonderful hills to climb?! What do you think?
Anyway, Gorman’s The Hill We Climb led me to look for poetic forms with internal rhymes; and there are so many out there. I picked one – simply because of its length (which will allow me to make time for myself to actually come up with an example in today’s Poetic Sundays post:-))
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Poetic explorations take me to Wales this week as I bring to you the awdl gywydd. As I read about Welsh (and even Irish) poetic forms, I realized and relished the presence of all those rhymes; the end rhymes, cross rhymes, internal rhymes, and more. There are twenty-four traditional poetic formats attributed to Welsh literature, and there were even more before our current list was compiled in the Late Middle Ages, when some formats were omitted.
While I would like to pronounce it something closer to ‘all good,’ because poetry does make me feel so, this is actually pronounced “owdl gow-widd.”
So what is the Awdl Gywydd poetry form?
The awdl gywdd is a 4-line syllabic form with an interlaced rhyme scheme. Each quatrain (4-line stanza) is made up of seven-syllable lines. Lines two and four end-rhyme, while lines one and three rhyme into any of the second through fifth syllables of lines two and four.
The Awdl Gywydd’s Characteristics
So the awdl gywydd’s elements are that it is (at its minimum):
- a quatrain: 4 line stanza (can have more than quatrain, if the poet desires)
- syllabic: 7 syllables per line
- rhymed: a — (a)b — c — (c)b , where the letters in bracket indicate internal rhymes in the second and fourth lines.
And this is how it looks:
- L1 – seven syllable line – xxxxxxa
- L2 – seven syllable line – xaxxxxb or xxaxxxb or xxxaxxb or xxxxaxb
- L3 – seven syllable line – xxxxxxc
- L4 – seven syllable line – xcxxxxb or xxcxxxb or xxxcxxb or xxxxcxb
Play With the Form
Well, you can keep adding on to it with more quatrains; based on what I have seen across the WWW, the end rhyming changes with each new quatrain (abcb, defe, ghih,,,, and so on). Note that I have not included those internal rhymes here, for simplicity’s sake!
h/t: Writer’s Digest, The Poets Garret
Well, not really mine this week though I mentioned I picked a shorter form to be able to write an example poem… this one is my daughter’s… her first attempt
Raining cats and dogs outside
Clouds have cried, giving showers
to all the pretty green things
What joy raining brings flowers
-sahana for vidya tiru @ ladyinreadwrites.com
On My Blog
Six days out of seven! And lots of reads to share in the process..
- Sunday Scribblings #56: The Story of One Power Cut
- 5 Picture Books That Will Easily Appeal
- Frank Zappa Said it Best – Top Ten Tuesday Post – the books we meant to read last year and did not
- Looking Up To Beautiful Spacious Skies: Inspiring Reads — Nonfiction Book Reviews — Books about inspiring people
- What is Good Government Anyway? — Nonfiction Book Reviews — Books about government
- 4 Wonderful Reads About Events from American History — — Nonfiction Book Reviews — Books about events
And the Home Front
Oh, well, like so many around the US, and even around the world, I was and am still wowed by how wonderful The Hill We Climb is.. and even more, how amazing, Amanda Gorman’s reading, nah, performance, was!! I watched the inauguration and had many a “goosebumpy” moment throughout (in a nice way, of course)..What about you??
Other than that, this week turned out to be the same as others.
Elsewhere On the Web
- Loved this post on The Hill We Climb(WellandGood.com)
- Totally enjoyed reading another poem by her titled In This Place (Poets.org)
On My Blog and Home Front
Cybils nominees reviews will continue this week (one last push to finish as many as I can!) and a couple for recent reads. The home-front, well, things are going to be the same as ever.. .
This Week’s Celebrations
For this week, here are a few I wanted to mention…
- January 25th National Irish Coffee Day, National Opposite Day
- January 26th – National Green Juice Day, National Peanut Brittle Day, and National Spouses Day
- 27th January National Chocolate Cake Day
- Jan 28 – National Blueberry Pancake Day
- 29th is National Corn Chip Day, National Puzzle Day
- Jan 30th is National Croissant Day
- 31st National Backward Day, National Hot Chocolate Day, and National Inspire Your Heart With Art Day
- January 25th birthdays: Robert Burns, W Somerset Maugham, Virginia Woolf
- 26th January is Jules Feiffer‘s birthday
- Lewis Carroll was born on the 27th of January
- Library Shelfie Day – Fourth Wednesday in January
- And January 29th is Multicultural Children’s Book Day!
Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings
So dear reader, this was it for my Sunday Scribblings. I would love to hear your comments on my post(s), poetic Sunday section, and anything else. And which of these days do you plan to celebrate (or any other)? Also, I do look forward to reading your poems (if you have attempted one or the other forms so far?!)
Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon
36 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #57: Still Wowed By How Wonderful The Hill We Climb Is”
I am trying to stay in that warm, hopeful place as long as I can.
And, yes, that poem at the inauguration was perfect, reminding us:
“For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.”
I intend to try every day to be the light.
Thank you for sharing the awdl gywydd poetic form. Your daughter’s poem is such a good one. (Maybe we should turn over everything to the young people? They seem to do so much better at things than us old folks!)
I think I will play around with this form today.
thanks so much Deb.. I will let my daughter know as she does not always feel she has done a good job.. hearing from others who are not mom will help 🙂
and yes, everyday to be the light is a wonderful way to be, and I do think you are doing that already
So many different styles of poems. I’m most familiar with rhyming ones!
thank you Martha.. and I always love reading your poems
I love poetry and the one at Biden’s I agitation was absolutely beautiful.
I love reading the different styles of poems.
thank you Ashley!
love reading this segment every week
thank you so much Kimmy!! I love writing it and so glad to read your comment
First- I never knew we had a Youth Poet Laureate. Second- I’m thrilled that Amanda recited her poem in her own fashion, thereby amplifying its effects. Finally- what a poem it was!
Totally agree!! I have already read it many times over (and listened to her read it as well many many times since
I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the Awdl Gywydd poetry form, it doesn’t sound familiar to me. It is always neat to learn something new though so thank you for sharing this.
thanks so much.. hope you attempt to write one
I’m riding out the high of inauguration for as long as I can. Amanda Gorman was great!
I have a chance to hear that poem through the internet and it was really beautiful and it’s reminding us that even we have a different skin color we can still live in one place with peace, unity, love, hope, and harmony. God bless everyone!
thank you Gervin..and so true..
Thank you for sharing the awdl gywydd poetic form. I love poetry. But I know so little about the actual form. Listening to Amanda Gorman’s The Hill We Climb at the inauguration was incredibly moving. So, I’ve been loving diving into listening to more of her writings.
thanks so much Leah.. And I have been doing so as well – reading and listening to more Gorman
I love poems, writing and reading them. I was an English major in college and I never pass up a great poem! Thanks for sharing.
thanks so much
I am so glad I was able to watch Amanda read her writings at the inauguration. I was surprisingly wowed by her piece, and how eloquent she is. It was truly an amazing experience. Interesting to read some more about different styles.
that was certainly a highlight of the inauguration!
I love reading different types of poetry! Loved this!
I just love reading your poems. Beautiful.
thanks so much Sonia 🙂 makes me keep wanting to write
This is so interesting to read. I don’t typically read poetry, but I really liked this post!
thank you so much Sarah!!! means so much
Very interesting post!
I still get warm fuzzies when I hear Amanda’s poem. It’s beautiful and inspiring. I’ll admit that poetry isn’t my go-to form of literature, but hearing a poem like that is heart-warming.
yes, same with me reg Amanda Gorman’s poem..
Love poetry and the versatility of it. There are so many different styles all beautiful in separate ways.
yes, i truly discover new things each time i explore poetry