Shairi

This is a rather unusual form, originating from Georgia in the 12th Century. The English language version is a mono rhymed quatrain of sixteen (16) syllables broken up into four sections.
There are two versions, the Dabali Shairi or low version, and the Magala Shairi or high version. The low version is not really suited to the Iamb poet as it consists of five syllables, followed by three syllables, a caesura and then a triple rhyme. Here is the schematic;

x x x x x, x x x, - x x x x x, (x x a)
x x x x x, x x x, - x x x x x, (x x a)
x x x x x, x x x, - x x x x x, (x x a)
x x x x x, x x x, - x x x x x, (x x a)
The Magali Shairi is much better suited to the Iambic user as sections are broken up into fours (or two iambs), there is still a caesura after the second section, but the requirement is only for a double rhyme. Here is that schematic;
x x x x, x x x x, - x x x x, x x (x a)
x x x x, x x x x, - x x x x, x x (x a)
x x x x, x x x x, - x x x x, x x (x a)
x x x x, x x x x, - x x x x, x x (x a)





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