An englyn is a form of Welsh or Cornish verse, with a reputation of being hard to master. It has several different variants, all of which are governed by strict rules. This week, we’ll look at the englyn cyrch.
The englyn cyrch consists of a four-line verse. Each verse has seven syllables. The final syllables of the first, second and fourth lines rhyme. The last syllable of the third line rhymes with the second, third or fourth syllable of the last line.
Pixies dance in the moonlight
Unicorns romp with horns bright
Dancing the long night away
Dancing, a magical sight
From the forest, satyrs creep
Bring their pipes, their wine long-steeped
Amidst fern-lined magic stills
Laughter fills the forest deeps
Why don’t you give it a try? Try writing at least one englyn cyrch for each day of the week.
You can find out more about how to write englyns from the following sites: