I’m learning about different rhyming schemes and forms of poetry from around the world, and one that intrigues me a lot right now is the yadu:
The yadu is a Burmese climbing-rhyme verse. Each of the stanzas —up to three in all— has 5 lines. The first four lines have 4 syllables each, and the last one can have 5, 7, 9, or 11 syllables. The last two lines rhyme in the usual way. The climbing rhymes occur in syllables four, three, and two of both the first three lines and the last three lines of a stanza.
The source I’m learning from immediately points out that a reference to a season should be added:
There should be a reference to the seasons since the word yadu means “the seasons.
However, I’m wondering if this is a hard requirement or just a recommendation since I’d like to write a riddle with the scheme, following it as strictly as possible to challenge myself.
Is a reference to the seasons required when writing a yadu poem?