Sue Judd at dVerse Poets Pub offered the Englyn for this week’s Form For All.
The Englyn is an ancient type of Celtic poetry, used traditionally to praise or mock someone well-known. Because of its brevity, it distills ideas or emotions in a concise verse.
An Englyn can be written is one of eight forms. The following poems are illustrative of two of those forms. To read more about the Englyn, check out this Wiki page.
Blazing across social tiers
Love, you inspire, allay fears
Alas! Gone! Light disappears.
(*3 seven-syllable lines, all rhyming)
Death of A Star
With light’s intensity you blazed the path.
Brilliance, Love, your mien described.
Nova! Ether. You arrived.
(*One 10-syllable line ending in rhyme A, followed by two 7-syllable lines ending in rhyme B)