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Tyburn Poetry Writing Workshop


The Tyburn. It is a six line poetic form that has a set syllable count.


The first four lines all rhymeand describe the poem's subject. They also all have two syllables each. The final two lines havenine syllables each and contain the first four words as their fifth to eighth syllables.

Here are some other groups of words to get you started:


An Example of a Tyburn

Line 1 2 syllables Sloshy
Line 2 2 syllables Frothy
Line 3 2 syllables Wavy
Line 4 2 syllables Splashy
Line 5 9 syllables Down in the bigsloshy, frothysea
Line 6 9 syllables I spy a little,wavy, splashyme!

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