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Raku ~ an awdl gywydd


Raku ~ an awdl gywydd

Crickle, crackle, raku glaze,
Shattered craze of crafted pots,
Bisque ware fired in burning kilns,
Potters film, peel-off slip shocks.

Excitement lifts temperature,
Glaze is sure to be red hot,
Post fire unpredictable,
Flames a miracle new pot.

Polly Robinson © 2012

Raku ware is the type of Japanese pottery seen in the form of tea bowls in the Japanese tea ceremony. This type of pottery is tricky to fire relying on a complex process that many potters find exciting because it is unpredictable. Raku is more generally recommended for decorative purposes as it is delicate and can crumble if not properly glazed.  To find out more about raku click here.

You might be thinking I’ve gone mad on Celtic poetry forms this week … and I must admit they’re fun to do ~ go on, have a bash! Coincidentally, both Sally J. Blackmore and K.McGee happen to be writing about Celtic poetry forms just now. You may already have seen my englyn unodl union yesterday, today it’s the turn of the awdl gywydd.

My thanks to K.McGee, who has written an awdl gywydd – (owdl gow with) and is encouraging us to try writing in this beautiful poetry form. The awdl gywydd is a Celtic (Welsh) poetry form that complicates the end rhyme scheme by interlacing an internal rhyme throughout the poem on the second and fourth lines of each stanza. The end rhyme scheme is as follows: a,b,c,b… d,e,f,e, etc.. however, the internal (cross-rhyme) can be placed in either the 3rd, 4th, or 5th, syllable position.


14 thoughts on “Raku ~ an awdl gywydd

  1. Interesting rhyming scheme. I’d say that would be a tricky one to write.


  2. I have been loving your play with styles and technique. Wonderful!


  3. Polly–tricky form and nice!


  4. I enjoyed reading yours much more than I did in writing mine – LOL! This was a tricky one indeed and now that I’ve gotten the rhythm of the rhymes down I think I’ll set it aside for a while and on my next attempt try to work on the imagery. Yours was much stronger than mine in that regard. Great job!


    • K. I could say the same thing! heh-heh 🙂

      At my next attempt I’ll work harder on the internal rhyme ~ yours is much stronger than mine in this aspect and I need to improve in that area ~ really enjoyed this one … so much more than the tritina that followed (!)

      Fascinating stuff ‘eh? Thanks for your comments.


  5. I’m telling you, there simply isn’t enough time in this world to thoroughly, completely involve oneself in poetry, Celtic or otherwise, for my limited brain. Good job writing & trying all these different forms. It’s admirable. Thank you very much…


  6. You try, you write, you succeed…


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