To me a sash is something to look through
So if I were to say:
“The priest wore a sash.”
You’d think he was wearing a window?
If you read it as a window it’s a window, if someone else interprets it as a priests sash it’s a priests sash or a Masonic sash or any other sash they like.
I googled it and found it was a arithmitic rhythm used mainly in music
You should have asked, I have a theory.
Dylan Thomas both embraced and baulked at the constrictions of form, he used their structure but hated the repetitive sing-song nature that they sometimes produced - so he camouflaged them.
Three lines per stanza gives you this:
Four lines per stanza gives you this:
A much more recognisable scheme?
[This message has been edited by Grinch (03-07-2009 05:53 PM).]