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How to Write a Hexaduad


The Hexaduad is a syllabic Old English form of poetry, comprised of a series of rhyming couplets that vary between 2, 4, 6, and 8 syllables per line. It contains one stanza of six rhyming couplets or twelve lines. The rhyme scheme is set at 2/2/6/6/8/8/4/4/6/6/4/4. The syllable structure is aa, bb, cc, dd, ee, ff.

Instructions

Write line one with two syllables.

Write line two with two syllables and a last word that rhymes with the last word of line one.

Write line three with six syllables.

Write line four with six syllables and a last word that rhymes with the last word of line three.

Write line five with eight syllables.

Write line six with eight syllables and a last word that rhymes with the last word of line five.

Write line seven with four syllables.

Write line eight with four syllables and a last word that rhymes with the last word of line seven.

Write line nine with six syllables.

Write line ten with six syllables and a last word that rhymes with the last word of line nine.

Write line eleven with four syllables.

Write line twelve with four syllables and a last word that rhymes with the last word of line eleven.

Items you will need
Paper and pencil or word processor
Creativity
Patience
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