Monday, August 18, 2008

Write a Triolet

Writers -

If you want to give the triolet a try (see previous entry, August 15th), it's a lovely puzzle to write/solve. It originated in France in the 13th century - here are the rules: a triolet is traditionally set in iambic tetrameter (mine is not, though it is essentially iambic) and is "a poem or stanza of eight lines in which the first line is repeated as the fourth and seventh and the second line as the eighth with a rhyme scheme of ABaAabAB" (Webster's Dictionary.)


And for an extra treat: the etymology of "triolet" is from the Middle French - literally, "clover leaf." Lovely.

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