Rhupunt

The rhupunt pronounced [ˈrēˌpint], is a Welsh quantitative verse form. It contains 4 syllables per line in a 3, 4, or 5-line stanza. The rhyme scheme for a 4-line stanza would be aaab, cccb, dddb, and so forth. It is quite common to join the lines together to end up with the short stanzas forming a single line in a long rhupunt.

Rhupunt

Welsh form of verse can be quite terse, but made no worse thanks to the rhyme.
Short form or long, rhyming is strong; meter's not wrong: four beats per line.
What length is right? Poet's delight; rules aren't that tight... Budget your time!

Classical Rhupunts

Aelia: A Rhupunt

Aelia's teeth,
Cause for great grief,
Gained some relief
Coughing a lot.

First she lost two,
Then two more too
Till she was through,
Leaving her squat.

Hours before,
They totaled four.
There are no more;
Worries are nought.

Martial poked fun
When she was done
Since there were none
And she was fraught.

Lughnasadh: A Rhupunt

Lughnasadh's here!
We still hold dear
This time of year
Although it's hot.

Lugh, Lord of Light,
Shining so bright,
Make the world right,
Bless our small plot.

Ripen the grain,
Hold off the rain,
Spare us the pain,
Don't let it rot.

Once we've had fun,
With harvest done,
Let's thank each one
What Lugh has wrought.


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