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What is a Tyburn?

A Tyburn Poem is a six-line poetic form where the first four lines consist of just a single, two syllabled word each that all rhyme. Line 5 has nine syllables, with the fifth to eighth syllables using the words from lines 1 and 2. Line 6 also has nine syllables, with the fifth to eighth syllables using the words from lines 3 and 4.

Example of a Tyburn Poem

Crashing
Clashing
Splashing
Thrashing
Fighting through the crashing, clashing sea
Swims a little splashing, thrashing me.

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