The Triolet Poetic Form

The triolet poem is French in origin and dates back to the thirteenth century. It’s a short poem of eight lines. The first line is repeated in the fourth and seventh lines. The second line is repeated in the final line. Over the years, the triolet poem was made more challenging with the use of only eight syllables in each line. The English version added ten syllables. Also the first two end words are used to complete the rhyme scheme. Here is my sample:

The table was laden with food

And spring flowers from the garden.

Mother had changed everyone’s mood.

The table was laden with food.

Father brought in the cedar wood

And removed the chill of the den.

The table was laden with food

And spring flowers from the garden.

 

Why not give it a try.

 

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