Poetic Forms: 16. Triolet

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16. Triolet

The triolet has eight lines, and takes its name from a French word meaning “small trio,” which refers to the three repetitions of the first line.

Like a villanelle, It has only two rhymes, and two of the lines repeat. Here’s the layout:

1A first rhyme
1B second rhyme
2a rhymes with first line
1A repeat first line
3a rhymes with first line
2b rhymes with second line
1A repeat first line
1B repeat second line

There is no hard and fast rule about meter, but once you have chosen the length of your line, the other lines that rhyme with it should be the same.

It seems to have good flow if the “a” and “b” lines are different lengths.

It seems simple, but can be deceptively powerful - like the quick stabbing of a stiletto.


O why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
Missing so much and so much?
O fat white woman whom nobody loves,
Why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
When the grass is soft as the breast of doves
And shivering sweet to the touch?
O why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
Missing so much and so much?
-- Frances Cornford

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Author: fileg

Status: General

Completion: Work in Progress

Era: Other

Genre: Research Article

Rating: General

Last Updated: 02/01/04

Original Post: 06/12/03

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