Saturday, June 30, 2012


An Englyn is a  short poem, based on strict rules of syllable count. It is among the oldest indigenous verse forms in the Welsh tongue, dating back at least as far as the 9th century.  It has a stanza of four, seven syllable lines.

Lines 1, 2, and 4 rhyme. Line 3, rhymes with around the middle of line four, (3rd, or 4th, or 5th syllable). For example:

x x x x x x x a
x x x x x x x a
x x x x x x x b
x x x b x x x a

My first effort - first draft.

You judged him and threw your stones
damned his soul, danced on his bones
yet you are he, therefore you know
Regret is slow as each atones

~ Merlene Fawdry

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