Toddaid, todd-eyed is the 19th codified Welsh meter, an Awdl, and an uneven couplet often written in combination with other meters especially the 9 syllable couplet, cyhydedd hir.
• stanzac, written in any number of couplets.
• syllabic, L1 is a 10 syllable line and L2 is a 9 syllable line.
• rhymed, the main rhyme aa – cc – dd etc.
• composed with gair cyrch* following the main rhyme and caesura of L1. The gair cyrch end rhyme is echoed in the first half of L2 in secondary rhyme, assonance or consonance.
• sometimes written in a shortened version of 16 syllables, L1 is 10 syllables and L2 is only 6 syllables which is called a toddaid byr.
x x x x x x x A – x b
x x x x b x x x A
x x x x x x x C – x d
x x x d x x x x c
a toddaid byr
x x x x x x x A x b
x x x b x A
Nit digeryd Duw, neut digarat—kyrd
Neut lliw gwyrd y vyrd o veird yn rat;
Neut lliaws vrwyn kwyn knawlat— yghystud
O’th attall Ruffudd gwaywrud rodyat.
Einion 15th century