Tyburn

The poetic form called a Tyburn consists of six lines containing 2, 2, 2, 2, 9, 9 syllables. The first four lines are two-syllable descriptive words that rhyme, and they appear as syllables 5-8 in each line of the couplet.

A Tyburn

Bitten,
Smitten
Written
Fittin'
Frankly, I've been bitten, smitten, terse
Shaping up this written, fittin' verse.

Classical Tyburns

A Saturnalian Tyburn

Airy,
Glary,
Very,
Merry...
In December's airy, glary days,
Romans feast in very merry daze.
Another Saturnalian Tyburn

Rightly,
Slightly,
Nightly,
Brightly
Slaves at masters rightly, slightly sneer;
Saturn's feast they nightly, brightly cheer.
Io, Saturnalia!

Tethered,
Fettered,
Harbored,
Sheltered,
Saturn's statue tethered, fettered so,
Rome's assurance harbored, sheltered, lo.
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