Cyhydedd Fer Sonnet

From Venice Bard, the current remaining Welsh authority on Allpoetry. com.

It’s just 7 Cyhydedd Fer couplets (rimed 8-syllable lines).  I don’t consider it a ‘sonnet’ myself, but Ceridwens Soul (my beloved Celtic forms teacher, now awol) did.  I suppose the ‘turn’ is anywhere you want it to be.

Example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers (Cyhydedd Fer Sonnet)

If you should speak in anger, dear,
first speak where only you can hear
If meaning’s clear, is message fair?
Are words intended to repair,
and will they guide toward common ground?
Is blame essential to be found?
The words can wait, while anger cools
and then converse when reason rules.
If I’ve done something that you hate,
advise me, but the words can wait.
You know I’ll move to make amends,
because I love you and we’re friends.
Use whispers closely late tonight.
And honey, I will make it right.

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Couplet Sonnet

he Couplet Sonnet is as its name implies a sonnet made up of couplets. This verse form was found at Poetry Base. I am pretty sure this is a recently invented form however it could be a variation of the Clare Sonnet or the Cyhydedd Fer Sonnet or the other way around.

The defining features of the Couplet Sonnet are:
• a quatorzain is made up 7 heroic couplets.
• metered, iambic pentameter.
• rhymed aa bb cc dd ee ff gg.
• composed with a pivot placed at the poet’s discretion.

As sample poem.

This topic did not fit this form well, and I subsequently rewrote the poem as
a Spensarian Sonnet, but here was the attempt.


I knew I belonged when you held out your hands.
There are such things a puppy understands.

I leaped to you and nuzzled right away.
Adopting you was puppies goal that day.

Almost as quickly you connected too.
That day this pup adopted mainly you.

I loved the tricks you taught and the games we’d play,
like tug-a-war and chase-ball everyday.

When you’d go to bed, I’d lie on your chest.
I’d see your smile, then I would like it best.

One day though you remained cold in your bed.
I knew that you were gone- that you were dead.

It won’t be long, for I’m an old dog too,
before my time is up and I’m with you.

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Clare Sonnet

Essentially the identifying characteristic of the Clare Sonnet is its 
couplet rhyme pattern aabbccddeeffgg

It is supposed to be Iambic Pentameter, but I have seen
variations from  Tetrameter to Heptameter. 
IMHO a poet should  add -” In the style of John Clare” to these poems.

However see Couplet Sonnet or the Cyhydedd Fer Sonnet as alternates.

Sample Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers   (Clare  Sonnet)

Should you be moved to speak in anger, dear,
You’ll want to be assured your meaning’s clear.
I ask that first you test your words alone
If anger stems from blunder of my own.
Is it essential now that blame be found;
will such proceed toward a common ground?
If meaning’s very clear, then is it fair?
Are these first words intended to repair?
Unleashed, harsh words will travel like a spear,
Perhaps, the words should simply disappear
for now, until your anger can abate.
There’s nothing risked delaying words that grate.
My love, use whispers closely late tonight.
I love you, honey; I will make it right.

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