For this week's poetic form, we're examining another version of the englyn, which is usually a tercet (three-line stanza) or quatrain (four-line stanza) form. The englyn milwr (pronounced mee-loor) is a tercet version with relatively straightforward rules for a Welsh form.
Here are the guidelines for the englyn milwr:
- Poem comprised of tercets
- Each line has seven syllables
- All lines within each tercet end rhyme
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Here's my attempt at an Englyn Milwr poem:
"monsters," by Robert Lee Brewer
every vampire fears a stake
through the heart and how days break
with the sun making them bake
to a crisp and werewolves get
more than a little upset
when faced with silver bullets
however that's not the worst
because the mummy comes first
because the mummy is cursed