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Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry, and also, entering poetry contests herself.

Ms. Dietrich has won numerous awards, as well as the title Poet of the Year 2008, from the Yahoo group, Poetry For Thought. In addition, she has won prizes from the magazines Lucidity, Bell's Letters, Art with Words, Poets at Work and SP Quill, the magazine for which she wrote grammar and poetry articles as well as movie reviews and for which she acted as poetry editor for the head editor Marie Summers for six years. Many of her poems have appeared in Shadows Ink, a yearly published series of chapbooks of award winning poetry as well as in numerous other anthologies. Her short stories appeared in many issues of SP Quill and much of her poetry is published in eight chapbooks (the most recent one soon to be published is called Prosies), which can be purchased at Shadowpoetry.com.


Introducing the Tritina ( A New Poetry Form for You to Try)


Blog Posted:2/11/2013 9:26:00 PM
This is an article I did for the SPQuill magazine several years ago. The first part of this article is over at my contest page. But midway through this article is added information that will aid you in trying to write your own Tritina. I hope you guys will give it a shot and please study carefully the rules below:

I discovered, researching the Tritina, a ten-line poetry form invented in the 20th century, that it is much shorter than its 39-line predecessor, the Sestina, and therefore, much easier to write! I would say that anyone wanting to attempt the difficult Sestina form should begin by trying out the Tritina. The description is this: It consists of three tercets and one single concluding line which incorporates the three recurring words of the tercets’ end lines. The one big thing setting the Tritina apart from many other forms of poetry is that the recurrent pattern is “lexical” and not rhymed. The pattern for the end lines of each tercet is simply this:

Tercet #1: A B C
Tercet #2: C A B
Tercet #3: B C A
(The final line will contain words A, B, and C within it and in that order.)

If you follow this formula, you will see that the end word A of line 1 simply becomes the end word of line 2 of Tercet #2, and becomes the final word of Tercet 3’s final line.

 I suggest when you begin a Tritina of your own, take a big blank piece of paper and place the letters representing each line’s end word at the sides of the paper, allowing plenty of space for revision between lines. When I did one of my first Tritinas (“The Beast With Eyes Too Kind” below), I found it easier to first come up with my final line, a summary of what I wanted to say. I wrote that line (Beware the beast who smiles with eyes too kind) and then I picked three words from it. Those three words were to be my “recurring words,” and I had to choose interesting or main words (try to stick with concrete nouns and/or active verbs) which are easy to use and which are words that would stand out in the final line. I decided the easiest words to work with were these: beast/ smiles/ kind. Since my idea was to portray people who use their smiling eyes and kindness to entice children, I needed to focus on either the word “smile” or “eyes” and definitely the word “kind.” Finally, as I began the first line of my first tercet, it became obvious to me that it would be easier to put the word “beast” rather than the word “beware” at the end of three different lines. Here is the poem I ended up with ( I color coded the words so you can get a sense of the pattern of the final words in this poetry form):

The Beast with Eyes Too Kind
(Tritina poem)

In every city lives at least one beast.
He’s not like us, yet charmingly he smiles
and draws us to him with his eyes so kind.

And those that he befriends are mostly kind,
for they make easy prey for him, the beast,
who has no kindness in him as he smiles.

Too late his victims learn just why he smiles.
His eyes confronting them are not so kind
when they’ve discerned the nature of the beast.

Beware the beast who smiles with eyes too kind.

(By Andrea Dietrich)

You may have noticed by now that my lines are iambic pentameter. That is a popular meter for this type of poem although the meter is not set in stone. Tetrameter could be used as well. Also, I have seen many Tritinas online that were composed of even shorter lines, for example, lines as short as six syllables each. You can experiment, but it will be better if you are consistent in whichever line length you choose to use. Furthermore, meter is not even a necessity, but it will give your poem a more pleasing quality.
For me, the Tritina was not as easy as it looks. I am accustomed to writing in rhyme, and I really had to focus on the “idea” of what I was trying to convey, making every line be a precursor to the main idea of my final line: “Beware the beast who smiles with eyes too kind.” For this reason, I advise coming up with a final line that just sounds really good to you and with words easy to work with. Don’t be afraid to rework things. Maybe you end up with a tercet that would be better in a different position. Then go ahead and change the poem. Rework the last line, making it match up better with the tercets, or even change the recurring words if better ones come to you. Don’t force the words. Let the poem develop into what you mean it to say. I hope you will try having fun with the Tritina!

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  1. Date: 2/17/2013 10:09:00 PM
    thanks you for your kind words and sorry it has taken me this long to thank you love your poems this is the only way that I know how to respond back from your comments and it has taken me this long to figure this out once again thank you Randy4272

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  1. Date: 2/13/2013 11:36:00 AM
    I like this form very much...may give it a try at some point :)

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  1. Date: 2/13/2013 11:09:00 AM
    : ( Im meter-deaf!

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  1. Date: 2/13/2013 7:51:00 AM
    a very nice form... i like it..let see if I can do it :) thanks Dear Andrea :)

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  1. Date: 2/12/2013 9:22:00 PM
    wow, how nice to finally come here to the blogs tonight and see people who want to try my challenge. Thanks, guys! Let me know in a soupmail if you have a question.

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  1. Date: 2/12/2013 8:48:00 PM
    Ths sn so easy Andrea but will persist...Seren

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    Roberts Avatar Seren Roberts Date: 2/12/2013 8:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I pad playing up.......this isnt so easy
  1. Date: 2/12/2013 7:11:00 PM
    I tried one for your contest, I hope I did it right Andrea, it was fun to do xxx

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  1. Date: 2/12/2013 3:44:00 PM
    i love to try new forms. And the challenge of following the rules while being poetic. Thanks.

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  1. Date: 2/12/2013 10:05:00 AM
    This looks quite challenging, but I'm going to give it a try. My main problem will be coming up with a theme. My muse seems to be hybernating. I like trying new things so maybe this will be what I need to get me going again.

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  1. Date: 2/12/2013 9:18:00 AM
    oh wow, this looks tough, I may get out my writing tablet and see if I can do it but it looks beyond me.

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  1. Date: 2/12/2013 8:38:00 AM
    This form looks very interesting! I'll have to give it a try. Thank you for such clear and extensive instructions! :)

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  1. Date: 2/12/2013 6:58:00 AM
    Andrea i would definitely try this form..If its good enough i ll post the poem and if not i keep it in my diary.Tnks for the idea and you explain things simple and clear..Ypu re a great teacher:).

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  1. Date: 2/12/2013 6:05:00 AM
    Andrea well done for introducing us to a new form, will give it a go when I get ten minutes to myself...David

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  1. Date: 2/12/2013 4:30:00 AM
    Hmmnnnn....this is so interesting! Hope I've enough time and make a try. Thank you for sharing my dear friend Andrea! Your poem is the best example and guide. Thank you so much! love always, Leonora

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  1. Date: 2/11/2013 11:33:00 PM
    Hallo! I love learning new things and this looks like fun. I will give it a go over the weekend (I give myself time off from the studies)... I might try to write the final rhyme with words which could be interchangable - ie the position in the line might change, but it would still have the same meaning: "The cat sat on the mat/The mat was sat on by the cat".... Just thinking out loud here.... Love the idea, Andrea. Love, Su

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  1. Date: 2/11/2013 10:50:00 PM
    Hullo, Andie-Pandie. I am not entering Soup contests, but I think(yeah, I still think here and there)this is a form I might try-out in the future(if not right now, it would have to be in the future -- I am being annoying with my brackets :D). I am not a big meter-maid though(can a male maid be labelled as a valet? I suppose "maid" is no longer politically correct, and the PC wankers would like to see something more along the lines of: domestic aid). Hmmm, so this form could churn-out out a lot of forced-placement-lines, as opposed to forced-rhymes. I like this form already, without having even tried it yet.

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  1. Date: 2/11/2013 9:35:00 PM
    wow... Andrea, the form seems exciting...sadly, i don't like trying out the new... LOL.. figures HU!!! hope all will have fun with the form... always~ LINDA

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 2/11/2013 9:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    oh come on PD, YOU can DO IT!!!

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