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  • n. The complex system of internal assonance, alliteration and rhyme in Welsh strict-metre poetry.


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From Welsh cynghanedd 'harmony'.


  • They are all written in cynghanedd (the concept of sound-arrangement within one line, using stress, alliteration and rhyme) of varying degrees of complexity.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Many of them are written in a strict metrical form called cynghanedd brief description here, a challenging poetry form of incredible beauty.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • The skills associated with Welsh poetry - the composition of the fiendishly tricky verse metre known as cynghanedd, which means harmony - slid into abeyance after the Norman occupation and Henry VIII's Act of Union. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • A prolific poet, he was recognised as a master of the craft of cynghanedd, the strict metre of Welsh poetry.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Poetic Obituaries: Dic Jones's mastery of cynghanedd, the uniquely Welsh verse form that uses sequenced patterns of alliteration and rhyme to embody and reinforce meaning, ensured that his poems, whether in epigrammatic, elegiac or comic vein, spoke with resonance to all, from the labourer in the field to the lecturer in the library.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Soon he'll be talking about ethnic cleansing, cynghanedd composition at gunpoint, labour camps for us English-speakers....

    Peer slates Peter over Welsh language

  • "[Dic] would be composing cynghanedd [strict metre poetry] while the football was going on, writing about the game," he recalled.

    The Guardian World News

  • Poetry & Poets in Rags: Poetic Obituaries: Dic Jones's mastery of cynghanedd

    Poetic Obituaries: [Dic] Jones's mastery of cynghanedd,

  • 39Cooking and sewing lessons are very useful indeed and will remain valuable long after quadratic equations and cynghanedd groes o gyswllt have faded.

    WalesOnline - Home


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  • Oh! I'm glad you like it. I've heard there are criticisms of his scholarship (especially when it comes to some of the stuff in The White Goddess), but I grew up with his work, so there are still lines that get stuck in my head. My father likes to recite the bit about the "fearsome-faced" goddess of destiny who makes a "snarling noise" with her chops--to which I usually reply with a bit from the jackal's address to Isis. (I'm sure that's all very entertaining for everyone when we get together for the holidays.)

    September 3, 2011

  • Thanks ruzuzu for invoking in me an interest in the works of Robert Graves.

    September 2, 2011

  • Um, I think you're thinking of Boult.

    September 1, 2011

  • No, Bolt was disqualified for a false start.

    September 1, 2011

  • Billet spied,

    Bolt sped.

    Across field

    Crows fled,

    Aloft, wounded,

    Left one dead.

    --Robert Graves

    September 1, 2011