American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A poem or stanza of eight lines with a rhyme scheme abaaabab, in which the fourth and seventh lines are the same as the first, and the eighth line is the same as the second.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A poem in fixed form, borrowed from the French, and allied to the rondel and rondeau. It consists of eight lines on two rimes, and is generally written in short measures. The first pair of lines are repeated as the seventh and eighth, while the flrst is repeated as the fourth. Representlng the repeated lines by capital letters the rime-scheme would thus be A, B, a, A, a, b, A, B. In humorous examples a fresh sense is often skilfully given to the fourth line. The first French triolet is said to have been by Adam le Roi (end of thirteenth century). Triolets were written in England as early as 1651 by Patrick Carey, whose efforts Sir Walter Scott published in 1820.
- n. In music, same as triplet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A short poem or stanza of eight lines, in which the first line is repeated as the fourth and again as the seventh line, the second being, repeated as the eighth.
- French, diminutive of trio, trio; see trio. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Except that it has only eight lines, the triolet is also difficult to describe but a nice example of one is aptly titled "Triolet" and written by the American newspaperman and humorist Don Marquis (1878 — 1937), and is taken from his book Dreams & Dust (1915).”
“He confesses modestly, "I am a beauty merchant, a trader in song," as he waits for checks from the sonnet and triolet magazines to come in.”
“Although she declared the natural rhythms of speech and breath as her poetic credo, at the peak of her powers the Yiddish poet Malka Heifetz Tussman introduced into Yiddish one of the most rigid verse forms, the triolet, and mastered another, the sonnet corona.”
“Hardy is a great poet of the negative – consider his perfect triolet, “At a Hasty Wedding,” the whole of which is a contrary-to-fact condition.”
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