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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Rionnaird tri-nard

Rionnaird tri-nard (RUN-ard tree-nard), traditional Irish quatrain 
form with 6-syllable lines ending in 2-syllable words, 
L2 and L4 riming and L3 in consonance thereto (meaning in this case, 
I gather, vowel-agreement rather than consonant-agreement, 
having at one time meant the same thing as assonance), 
alliteration in every line (ideally between the end-word and the 
preceding stressed word), two cross-rimes in the 2nd couplet,
and the 1st stressed word of L2 alliterating with the last syllable of L1.
 Being Irish, it requires the dunedh, to end where it began 
(first word, phrase, or line repeated in closing). 

Example Poem


Inviting just by sight,
almost tinsel trapping,
stilletoed toes tripping,
in her sheer hose wrapping.

She's surely sensuous;
Suggests sex is waiting,
waits while will is wilting.
Still fates are Inviting.

(c) Lawrencealot - May 17, 2012

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