Triolet Definition

Poetry Definition of Triolet

A French verse form. Its rhyme scheme is ABaAabAB and all lines are in iambic tetrameter; the first, fourth and seventh lines are identical, as are the second and final lines, thereby making the initial and final couplets identical as well. The features of the Triolet are: 8 lines. Two rhymes. 5 of the 8 lines are repeated or refrain lines. First line repeats at the 4th and 7th lines. Second line repeats at the 8th line. Rhyme scheme (where an upper-case letter indicates the appearance of an identical line, while a lower-case letter indicates a rhyme with each line designated by the same lower-case or upper-case letter)

Example

"Birds At Winter"

Around the house the flakes fly faster,
And all the berries now are gone'
From holly and cotoneaster
Around the house. The flakes fly! – faster
Shutting indoors the crumb-outcaster
We used to see upon the lawn
Around the house. The Flakes fly faster
And all the berries now are gone!
Thomas Hardy

Top 5 Triolet Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem A Triolet for Linda Dietrich, Andrea Trioletencouraging,
Premium Member Poem When Heaven and Earth Wept Dietrich, Andrea Trioletangel, war,
Premium Member Poem Star Sugar Dietrich, Andrea Trioletnature,
Premium Member Poem Dandelion Dream A , SKAT Trioletbeauty, dream, flower, love,
Premium Member Poem Mortality's Own Friend Dietrich, Andrea Trioletmemory,

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Misc. Definitions

\Tri"o*let\ (tr[imac]"[-o]*l[e^]t), n. [F. triolet. See {Trio}.] 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. --Brande & C.

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