from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an eight-line poem, whose rhyme scheme is ABaAabAB and whose lines are in iambic tetrameter
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A poem in fixed form, borrowed from the French, and allied to the rondel and rondeau.
- n. In music, same as triplet.
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.
For all you may want to know, and more, concerning this old poetic form, Google “triolet”.
Contact you dream? you listen? spoken word? a.e. stallings | triolet on a line apocryphally attributed to martin luther
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In the meantime, in honor of National Poetry Month, the triolet I wrote today:If magic ever dances in your words –
Argument must be presented in the form of a sonnet, sestina, or triolet… or some other kind of poem, I guess, if you want to make things easy on people.
These and the _villanelle_, _triolet_, and _pantoum_ are not, like imitations of classical forms, semi-learned attempts to do in