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Boxing Hare ~ an Englyn

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For St David’s Day, ie Dydd Gŵyl Dewi, a re-post of my poem Boxing Hare to the Celtic poetry form, the straight one-rhymed ‘englyn unodl union’. This 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.

A good way to celebrate the day.

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

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35 thoughts on “Boxing Hare ~ an Englyn

  1. What started my tryst with that form! Ah the memories!

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  2. A perfect March 1 poem.

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  3. Approaching spring with your paws up! Delightful. 🙂

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  4. smiling at lea’s comment…a wonderful image here..and very cool form as well

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  5. Oh, this is perfect, Polly!

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  6. ha. i love the energy in your words….its easy to see the hare but also his movement….def a feel of spring to me…

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  7. Run, Rabbit, Run!
    (very fun!)

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  8. Yes, it is a good way to celebrate the day.

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  9. Enjoyed both the poem AND the form!

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  10. very nice Polly. The mad, the march, the hare-love these terms, as they offer symbolic illusion as well. Great use of Englyn, always liked this form a lot. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  11. So much energy in this piece! The perfect marriage of form and subject matter… this made me smile. Thanks so much for the great read 😀

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  12. Vivid little portrait, and a hard form to work with in English, I imagine.

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  13. So many rules to obey in so little space, but you’ve done it brilliantly Polly. The only way this could have been more appropriate for the day is if it was about daffodils or leeks!

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  14. Fun to read but what a challenging form ~ Cheers ~

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  15. Wonderful form – very energetically (wonderfully) done! k.

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  16. I really like this one! Great rhyme scheme and a well told story using such few words. Very vivid, too! Excellent!

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  17. Oh boy!! lol I will be working on this one this week. Thank you, Polly. You are a sweetheart 🙂

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