An Englyn Milwr Banter (dVerse)

Staring into the nothingness before
Inspiration flat, no thoughts of lore
ALAS! EUREKA! a spark of grandeur!

and then I write:

To give ones love and yet be kept in thirst
Many are the souls blessed with such a curse
Yet to live and not have loved is much worse

Today on dVerse ( we are taking a look at the Englyn (plural Englynion). This is an ancient form of Celtic poetry.

Traditionally the Englyn was used to praise or mock someone well-known. Because of their brevity, they can distil ideas or emotion in a concise verse.

There are eight different forms of Englyn. I have chosen the Englyn milwr

Englyn milwr

This is the soldier’s Englyn, which consists of three seven syllable lines, all of which rhyme.

_ _ _ _ _ _a
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Thanks Sue Judd! I hope my poem did some justice to today’s topic πŸ™‚


30 comments on “An Englyn Milwr Banter (dVerse)

  1. really cool englyn….lots of truth…first to give ones love and yet remain thirsty…sad, it is a curse….but i def beleve it better to love and lose than never to love at all….even if it is a song…ha…

    glad you played, its a fun form…

  2. I think it was a noble first go at these forms. I think we all feel a bit wobbly – it is in fact a foreign language form, with completely different rhythms and altogether different words…extremely consonant heavy, thus the emphases in all are on their consonantal play. I think it’s brave to try more than one and you managed two delightfully!

  3. Excellent. I enjoyed both of yours. That second one expresses a strong truth really. I am reminded of “Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

  4. Geez, you’re a professional poet with all the formalities πŸ™‚
    Great poem Upe and what I also like is that you educated me in this post about something I knew nothing of before. Have a great weekend!

  5. Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! I have read nearly 100 of these three line pieces in the last couple of days and yours shines brighter than all others combined! Skillful, meaningful, good!

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