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What is a Kyirelle poem?

A Kyrielle poem is structured so that all the lines have eight syllables and each stanza of four lines ends in a refrain. It takes on a rhythmical form very much like a rhyming couplet.

What is the structure of a Kyirelle poem?

A Kyrielle poem is made up of 4 lined stanzas of eight syllables each. The capital being the refrain:


An example of a Kyrielle poem

Pollution rising in the sky,       a8
People wear masks as they walk by, a8
It's about time to turn the bend, b8
For all this pollution to end.. B8
Animals are losing their homes, c8
To make way for buildings with domes, c8
What message do we have to send, b8
For all this pollution to end.     B8
We're all guilty we must confess, d8
Guilty of making such a mess, d8
It's time for action, find a friend, b8
For all this pollution to end.     B8
If we don't act the world won't last, e8
Breathing fresh air will have long passed, e8
This is the message that I send,        b8
For all this pollution to end.     B8


Why don't you try writing a Kyrielle poem and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.

For information on poetry types other than a Kyirelle visit our poetry glossary – poetry types

Poetry Types

Acrostic Epigram Lyric Shakespearean Sonnet
Ballad Free verse Ottava rima Sonnet
Ballade Haiku Pantoum Tanka Poem
Blank verse Horatian Ode Pindaric Ode Terza rima
Cinquain Irregular Ode Riddle Tetractys
Diamante Kennings Rondeau Triolet
Echo Verse Kyrielle Senryu Tyburn
Epic Limerick Shape Poem  
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