Writings and Witterings

Boxing Hare ~ an Englyn


It seems Celtic poetry forms are the order of the day just now.  This one, the straight one-rhymed ‘englyn unodl union’ was shown to me by Sally J. Blackmore and consists of four lines of ten, six, seven and seven syllables. The seventh, eighth or ninth syllable of the first line introduces the rhyme and this is repeated on the last syllable of the other three lines. The part of the first line after the rhyme alliterates with the first part of the second line.  There is more Celtic poetry to come as K. McGee is writing about awdl gywydd’s this week.

Boxing Hares by openwalls.com

Boxing Hare ~ an Englyn

Boxing, racy, hatted hare, mad in March,
Much startled air. Take care!
Long ears and nostrils full flare,
Strong limbs, swift, free, outrun scare.

Polly Robinson © 2012

Hare running in open field

Hare running in open field (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


42 thoughts on “Boxing Hare ~ an Englyn

  1. I love your play with styles, and something about this one is perfect for the subject matter. Made me smile this morning 🙂


  2. I’m really enjoying looking at different forms and writing in different styles, good to see you’re enjoying it too Danny. I’ve booked into a course on this very topic and will be going to Devon in November, really looking forward to that 🙂

    How nice that I made you smile 😀


  3. Hare raisingly clever!
    (sorry couldn’t resist!)


  4. “straight one-rhymed englyn unodl union”—okay, now you’re just speaking Greek. But I like it! Wonderful poem. Through you, I’m actually learning about poetry, something I never thought I’d do. But don’t expect me to attempt it myself. Some things weren’t meant to be. 🙂


    • heh-heh … it just means it’s a Celtic poetry form ie Welsh / Cornish … a bit like the Haiku, I think, but more interesting as it’s one of our archaic forms and quite tasty methinks! Sally was telling me about Warrior Englyns, poems from warriors back home ~ that’s one of the other forms of englyn, there are eight altogether!

      Glad you liked it anyway 🙂


  5. Oh, what fun! You certainly seem to have enjoyed this one..and it’s racy, like a hare…..


    • heh-heh … I did enjoy it Sue … I love hares and have several in raku … wanted to get ‘shattered’ hares into it but it just wouldn’t go ~ smiles ~ another time I guess …

      Thanks for your kind thoughts 🙂


  6. A bit like Kangaroos too how they kick out. A fun read though Polly 🙂


  7. Nice poetry form….This looks so much fun ~


  8. ha you paint an interesting pic of them in your words….we get lots of rabbits out back this time of year….its pretty funny watching them scatter when we pull in…


    • We have rabbits too Brian with all the trimmings … ie fences around the vegetables etc … it is fun watching them scatter especially when they go off in different directions then turn scudding to run the other way!


  9. I have never heard of this form before and what an interesting name…funny to see hares boxing…probably serious business to them though… Thoroughly entertained, Polly.


  10. Gayle! A form you haven’t heard of before?! heh-heh … I hadn’t heard of it either until Sally said she had selected it as a form for her workshop that’s happening today ~ take a look at Sue Judd’s (above) she’s a dVerse poet and is attending that workshop, Sue’s posted an englyn too.

    I’m pretty keen on them since they are ancient and western [Celtic] ~ nice combination ~ apparently the warrior englyns are fun to do too ~ englyn milwr: the warrior’s englyn ~ three 7 syllable lines. All three lines use end-rhyme in the final syllable only (no polysyllabic words).

    Glad you enjoyed this post Gayle 🙂


  11. oh you def. made me see them…even without looking at the picture…


  12. fantastic form, love the poem, captured the hare, great lines. Such a nice picture as well, love how it was caught in motion. Thanks


    • Thanks for your comments, hobgoblin. I can’t take credit for the photos, they are as acknowledged and seem to fit with the Englyn really well, glad you like them and the poem 🙂


  13. cool really liked this ….thank you for sharing


  14. Thank you for the introduction to a new style. This is poem really paints a clear picture.


  15. Never heard of that type of poetry. It bounces along!


  16. Nice form. It’s glorious really.

    Great work.


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