Friday, April 21, 2023

Day 21 2023 ~ Tyburn Poem for “30 poems in 30 days" #NationalPoetryMonth

You all have been doing great so how about a doozy of a challenge today? OK, great, hold onto your hats!! Woozier! This is beyond tricky, but I think y’all can have lots of fun with it. I first tried this poetic form about eight years ago. Prior to that, I had never heard of it. (OH, and if this discourages you – and that is NOT my desire – just write any poem you choose and COME BACK TOMORROW and see if you like the next one better). I do hope a bunch of you will try this one though. It really stretches your skills as poets and writers (and thinkers). So . . .   

Tyburn poems are deceiving in that to look at a completed poem, it appears simple enough. Yeah, right! But it’s a good writing exercise.

I’ve tried to explain it step by step and even created a little chart to help you out. Plus there are a couple of websites that help with description and rhyming that I think you will find useful.

Here we go:

We are back to counting syllables and lines. This is a SIX-LINE poem and the first 4 lines are EACH a SINGLE DESCRIPTIVE WORD with TWO SYLLABLES, that all RHYME and make sense together. Phew!! We’re not done . . .

The last two lines (5 & 6) are EACH NINE SYLLABLES LONG, and Line 5 incorporates the first two of the words of the poem while Line 6 incorporates the next two of the words of the poem IN A SPECIFIC PLACE.

Line 5 will have 4 syllables (any word count, just FOUR syllables) and then the repeated words from lines 1 and 2 and then . . .

Line 6 has 4 syllables (any word count, just FOUR syllables) and then the repeated words from lines 3 and 4 . . .

AND then each line ENDS with just ONE word – with only ONE syllable and they have to rhyme with each other (but do not need to rhyme with lines 1-4).

So, if you choose a word that ends in “y” to start off your poem – they will all probably need to end in “y” and if you choose an “ing” ending word, then they will all need to end with “ing” (that’s just for lines 1-4). Better look at the examples AND the chart!

You can give this poem a title if you wish.

I know you can do it!! Cheers!!

Here is an example I found on the web – it’s rather lite-hearted and cute:







Peanut butter, nutty, sticky spread

With jellied bread, crunchy, tasty fed

                                                                                   Copyright © 2016 Charles Sides  


Handy little site to find some “Describing Words” ~ ~ just plug the word you want to describe and then click the search button.

This site not only helps you find rhyming words, but it separates them into 1-syllable words, 2-syllable words, etc. - RHYMER

This poetry form can be labor intensive – but following the process creates such a great little poem. But, please forgive me if I don’t write new examples this year. I’ve got SO much on my plate right now.

Okay, here is my first one:






Poetry month, lyric, cryptic, jots

Share emotions, magic, epic thoughts

                                    © 2019 Stephanie Abney


Hope this little chart that I created proves helpful ~

And after my second example, below the chart, I outline, step-by-step, my thought process in writing one of my examples: Maybe that will help as well.


# of syllables per line

Rhyming pattern

Meter & where to repeat words

Hints of what should be used per line




One word adjective with 2 syllables




Different one word adjective with 2 syllables




Different one word adjective with 2 syllables




Different one word adjective with 2 syllables




Any four syllables then aa, bb, single syllable word




Any four syllables then cc, dd, single syllable word

                                               Tyburn Poetic Form Chart © 2019 Stephanie Abney

Here is my second one:






Heartless trickster, cunning, lying, doled

Flattering lies, cheating, sneaking, cold

                                                                                             © 2019 Stephanie Abney


My “thought process” while I tried to figure it out: So, first I made a list of some adjectives (“ing” words) – more than I needed and then another list that could be used in lines 5 & 6 – then I started playing around with it, crossed off the words I didn’t want to use, which left me with 4 descriptive words and then I created lines 5 & 6, incorporating the words from lines 1 & 2 and lines 3 & 4, respectively:










Words to possibly use in lines 5 & 6: Crafty, jealous, avenging, heartless, destructive, destroy, destroying, bitter, conniving, flatter, flattery, cowardly, trickster, tricking, tricky, malicious, deceitful, cold, sneaky, creepy, creep, reap, reaper, damned, persistent, tenacious, dangerous, rob, steal, louse, angry, anger

And I posted the finished product from this effort just under the chart.

READY? Go try this one out!! Cheers!!


PLEASE REMEMBER ~ any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission, other than sharing it as an example in a lesson or to read it to someone. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments of this blog or elsewhere online as a result of this challenge. They are the creative property of the person who writes them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them without their permission. It is understood that they own the copyright to them as soon as they create them and especially once they post them. Thanks so much!

*** Also, if you choose to post your poems on your own blog or elsewhere on social media ~ that’s awesome. But PLEASE don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem on your blog or your FB wall or wherever AND LINK BACK TO EACH DAY’S SPECIFIC BLOG POST for others to come here to read the instructions. I’ve spent considerable time researching the poetry forms and writing them up to share with you. Thanks for respecting my work.



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