Nature’s Beauty (Cyhydedd Hir)


Verdant forest screened
Canopy of green
Mountain vistas seen–
a foggy veil

Waterfalls between
jagged cliffs unseamed
by erosive means–
watery trails

The Cyhydedd Hir, is a Welsh poetry form. Here is the format for writing a Cyhydedd Hir:
It is an octave stanza (8 lines) made up of two quatrains (4 lines). The syllable count is 5-5-5-4-5-5-5-4 and the rhyming scheme is aaaBaaaB. If you do more than two quatrains the rhyming scheme would be as follows: aaaBaaaBcccDcccD. The five syllable lines all have the same end rhyme and the four syllable lines carry the second rhyme pattern from stanza to stanza.