2012-02-24

Passion For Poetry

Tyburn

A Tyburn is a fun little six line poem consisting of 2,2,2,2,9,9 syllables. The first four lines are made up of two-syllable descriptive words that rhyme. The last two lines have nine syllables each and contain the first four lines within them as syllables 5 to 8 in each line.

Here’s a schematic to help you visualize it:

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Even better, here’s a couple of examples:


Sighing
Crying
Lying
Dying
Hear them now the sighing, crying souls
As the bell all lying, dying tolls.


Kiting
Biting
Slighting
Fighting
Take one final kiting, biting, breath
In vain to try slighting, fighting, death.

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