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Sunday Scribblings #57: Still Wowed By How Wonderful The Hill We Climb Is

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 Sundays

Awdl Gywydd

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

My Example

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

Rain
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

Recently

On My Blog

Six days out of seven! And lots of reads to share in the process..

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

More Gorman

  • Loved this post on The Hill We Climb(WellandGood.com)
  • Totally enjoyed reading another poem by her titled In This Place (Poets.org)

Upcoming

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…

The Days
Literary Celebrations
  • 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

  1. 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.

    1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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