Saturday, April 21, 2007


Saturdays and Sundays are usually writing days (when they aren't SCA event days), so this blog will usually be quiet on weekends. But since I'm just getting started, I'll post a couple of tidbits from my back files.

Welsh poetry tends to be syllabic rather than strong-stress (another post!). The following is in a Japanese syllabic form called tanka, which some of us enjoy playing with on one of my yahoo lists. The syllables per line fall in a 5-7-5-7-7 pattern. Here's one:

Thoughts on writing history
Blood, sweat, fear, sharp steel,
the screams of men and horses -
these make a battle:
but the poet's voice after
makes the undying legend.

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