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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. The last two lines are nine syllables where the fifth to eighth syllables are the words from the first four lines.

A Tyburn poem

Crashing
Clashing
Splashing
Thrashing
Crashing, clashing sea
Swims a little splashing, thrashing me.


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

For information on poetry types other than a Tyburn 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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