Writings and Witterings

The Old Dollop ~ an Englyn


This Celtic poetry form, 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.

Sandals with socks

Sandals with socks (Photo credit: Sandy & Alan)

The Old Dollop – an Englyn

The old dollop enjoys his jollop and
Always talks lots of rot
His hair is tied back in a knot
He wears shorts, sandals, blue socks

Polly Robinson Β© 2012

Just a bit of fun …Β Β  πŸ™‚


15 thoughts on “The Old Dollop ~ an Englyn

  1. Oh–I like this! What a neat form–love the blue socks!


  2. heh-heh … they’re so bad they’re good!


  3. So cute, and good to see these old traditions being upheld, meaning the poetry not the blue socks/sandals combo, although there’s still time, it could catch on.


  4. Socks and sandals are a forgotten combination. Pity I can’t wear them in the lab, too much of a chance of spills


  5. Hey Polly – love the englyn and the socks…I have one at home who would love that combination!


  6. This is great, Polly. Love your version, but I read the explanation several times and still haven’t got it. So complicated for such a little thing! Like the others who’ve commented I love the blue socks/sandals – not that I could possibly approve if anyone of my acquaintance should appear in such attire!


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