Thanbauk (poetic form)

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Thanbauk (Burmese: သံပေါက်, pronounced: [θàɴ baʊʔ]) is a Burmese form, consisting of three lines of four syllables each. Traditionally, they are witty and epigrammic.

The rhyme is on the fourth syllable of the first line, the third syllable of the second, and on the second syllable of the third.

Here is a modern example by Tin Moe:

Burmese Transcription English translation
ဧည့်သည်ကြီး Èthegyi The Great Guest (1959)
ဆေးလိပ်လဲတို Hsay leik lè to Cigar's burnt down
နေလဲညိုပြီ Nei lè nyo bi The sun is brown
ငါ့ကိုပြန်ပို့ကြပါလေ Nga go pyan po gya ba lei Will somebody take me home?[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Poems of Tin Moe - Prince Claus Laureatus 2004". Retrieved 2007-05-16.