Spring Englyn

Snowdrops now their dainty heads show, green stems
extend through cloak of snow.
Signs of Spring; we watch them grow.

Following soon come tulips fair, and bold
gold daffodils bloom where
now the ground is dark and bare.

The seasons are changing, the sun returns
and warms the earth, to shun
Winter’s grip; her battle won.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Whilst looking for something else on the Internet I came across the Englyn form. This is, I understand, an old Bardic poetic form and I thought it would be fun to try to write one. As you can see the form consists of  3-line stanzas. It is a syllable counting form with lines of 10, 6 and 7 syllables respectively. That’s the easy bit!

The rhyme pattern requires end rhymes of AAA. However, (and this is where it gets complicated) the end rhyme of the first line isn’t actually at the end; it can be one, two or three syllables in from the end and the sound of the syllables after the rhyming word are echoed at the beginning of the following line.

You will see I have cheated a bit here, my echoes are not exact, making use of near rhymes and slant rhymes – green stems/extend (Stanza 1),  returns/and warms (stanza 3) and missing out one element in stanza 2 – and bold/gold.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jules
    Jan 26, 2018 @ 18:40:56

    Interesting – I’ve saved the instructions to attempt at a later date.

    Two months until spring for me… Mid March…
    But then we’ve been known to also have chilly weather in April.


  2. elaine patricia
    Jan 27, 2018 @ 18:36:31

    Well. There is one I have never met and beautifully executed. Well done.


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  4. Evi Schumacher
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 16:45:34

    Well done, love your poem.


  5. Helen Jane Merritt...Musings from a Random Mind
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 19:36:30

    This is great, so interesting to read about the form too. Very well done.


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