Friday, April 14, 2017

Day 14 ~ How to Write a “Triplet” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

Yep, yep, yep … we are going to write a poem with THREE LINES, called a "Triplet."

Now, depending on which EXPERT source you check things out at, you are bound to get different definitions for various forms of poetry. Odd, I know. But I'm trying to find the most accurate definitions as I can for this challenge. Some people use the term "tercet" and "triplet" interchangeably when discussing poetry, but that's not what I have found. A "tercet" is a 3-lined poem (which may or may not rhyme and may or may not share the same meter). Therefore, yes, a "triplet" is a "tercet" BUT all "tercets" are not triplets. Go figure.

A "TRIPLET" is a very specific type of tercet and for our purposes we will follow these rules:

How to write a Triplet Poem ~

Triplets are 3 lined poems that rhyme.

EVERY LINE HAS THE SAME NUMBER OF SYLLABLES or BEATS (and YOU get to choose how many beats your poem will have – just keep the same number for each line)!

Fun times ~ it helps to think of a topic first, any topic (nature is usually the easiest to get an idea about).

Here’s a well-known triplet:

Hear no evil

See no evil

Speak no evil

Here’s a few I wrote ~ a couple are rather silly - which shows you I'm usually up in the wee hours of the morning working on these poetry posts. Sigh.... oh well. BUT, each line has the same number of syllables/beats and all three ending words rhyme with each other. That’s all you need for a TRIPLET!!

Finding words that always rhyme
Really takes a lot of time
Is not rhyming such a crime?

    © 2014 by Stephanie Abney 

Poetry month makes so me happy
Some of my poems turn out sappy
Others may be seen as quite snappy

     © 2017 by Stephanie Abney 

I held her weathered hands in mine
Proof of her life’s work, so divine
Gone from me now, for a short time

     © 2017 by Stephanie Abney 

Now you give it a try ~ Cheers!! And PLEASE feel free to share it in the comments or at least tell us you wrote one and where to find it.

AND PLEASE, if you wish to run your own poetry challenge - that's fabulous, but please take the time to research your own types of poems to use and figure out the instructions to include. I have invested more time than you would ever imagine setting these days up.NO ONE has my permission to just copy off of my blog and add it to theirs. 

The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments of this blog or elsewhere online as a result of this challenge. They are the creative property of the person who writes them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them without their permission. It is understood that they own the copyright for to them as soon as they post them. Thanks so much!

IF you wish to use any of my material - please contact me for permission, give me attributions after you share it and LINK BACK TO THIS POST. Thanks for respecting my work.

OKAY - GO!!!!


Vicki said...

Day 14-Triplet Poem

Spring has sprung it's true
The sky outside is blue
The grass is green and new

Carroll Morris said...

Why is my office always a mess?
Cleaning it causes terrible stress.
I’ll die with it messy, I confess.

Cakes and cookies are so yummy.
Hit a sweet spot in my tummy.
The results aren’t very funny.

Peggy Barker said...

Day 14 ~ Triplet Poem

"Good Friday"

Why is this Friday called Good?
Cause Jesus did what he should.
Make the atonement, he could.

Yes, He suffered, died, yet lives.
Glorious sacrifice, gives,
To each of us, he forgives.

Thank you, dear Father from above,
Who sent his beloved with love.
We pray we should ever think of.

Stephanie Abney said...

These triplets are all wonderful. Thanks for sharing.