Snám Suad

Snam Suad (swimming of the sages or floating phrases), is a dan direach or direct meter form of the Ancient Irish forms, written with very short lines.

The Snam Suad is:
• an octastich, a poem in 8 lines.
• syllabic, 3 syllable lines.
• rhymed, rhyme scheme aaxbcccb.* x being unrhymed.
• L4 and L8 must be 3 syllable words.
• written with cywddydd (harmony of sound) and dunadh (beginning and ending the poem with the same word, phrase or line).

Movie Night by Judi Van Gorder

not frightful,
time for fun,
Friends commune,
lovers spoon,
singers croon,

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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource


*In order for dunadh to apply, this poem MUST begin and end on the same 3-syllable word. Therefore the following is possibly the correct rhyme scheme.
Rhyme Scheme: aaxabbba

Here a poem the uses aaxbcccb using a “like word”dunadh.

Soap and Suds by Katherine Moore

Laundry day,
work not play.
Fluff and fold
see swirled suds,
washing duds,
drinking Buds,

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My examples (sNaao Sooud)

Apparent (Snam Suad)

but errant
look at things
Seen because
supports cause–
not what was

That was my presumed scheme since it fit Van Gorder’s poem.

Here’s a poem the uses aaxbcccb using a “like word”dunadh

Seen to Be (Snam Suad)

or errant
some things give
like a feint–
camo paint
things that ain’t
© Lawrencealot – August 29, 2014

Visual Template for either:

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