The Triolet

In the triolet, you don’t get to say much, not many words that is, so you have to say it well. This form requires you to be stringent. The basic triolet is an eight line stanza. You can write as many stanzas as you like, but each will be eight lines. It works with repetition and rhyme, but does not require any specific meter.
Here is a definition adapted from The triolet is a short poem of eight lines with only two rhymes used throughout. The first line is repeated in the fourth and seventh lines; the second line is repeated in the final line; and only the first two end-words are used to complete the tight rhyme scheme. The poet writes only five original lines, giving the triolet a deceptively simple appearance.
You start by writing the first two lines. They do not rhyme with each other, but they set the rhyme scheme. The first of these two lines will also become the fourth and seventh lines. The second of the first two lines will become the eighth and final line of the …

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