Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Day 3 ~ How to write a Triplet poem for “30 Poems in 30 Days" #NationalPoetryMonth

Yay!! We are on Day Three - so I thought it would be fun 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 the very same form of poetry. Odd, I know. But I'm trying to stick with as 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.

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

Here’s one I threw together this morning – not my best, but it does illustrate the format:

My love for you grows deeper each day.  [9 beats]
Through it all, love has shown us the way.  [9 beats]
Now I love you more than I can say.  [9 beats]
              © 2018 by Stephanie Abney 

And here’s the one I threw together last year:

Poetry month makes me happy.  [8 beats]
Some of my poems turn out sappy.  [8 beats]
Others may be seen as snappy.  [8 beats]
           © 2017 by Stephanie Abney 

It’s easy to see I didn’t put much time into either one of those but they are examples of how triplets need to END IN A RHYME and how EACH LINE needs to have the SAME number of syllables (or beats).

And finally, here's a very silly one – but, it does rhyme and each line has 7 syllables/beats:

Finding words that always rhyme
Really takes a lot of time
Is not rhyming such a crime?
         © 2014 by Stephanie Abney 

Now you give it a try ~ Cheers!! And PLEASE feel free to share it in the comments or through your social media ~

AND PLEASE, if you wish to run your own poetry challenge or post your creations from this challenge onto your own blog - that's fabulous but please either research your own types of poems to use and find the definitions on your own or LINK back to this one. I have invested more time than you would ever imagine setting up these “30 poems in 30 days.” NO ONE has my permission to just copy off of my blog and add it to theirs.

PLEASE REMEMBER ~ any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission, other than sharing it as an example in a lesson or to read it to someone. 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!

OKAY - GO!!!! 


Vicki said...

Day 3-triplets

Right now I have granddaughters three
They are so precious to me
They make my heart go yippee!

The rest of our ten are all boys
And they too give me great joy
For what would we do without boys!!

Vicki said...

(I want to add a third stanza in keeping with”triplets”)

I love my grandkids each one
They are all so incredibly fun
They’re the best and second to none.

Aubri said...

Lovely are the blooms in garden frames
But seeds risen far off no one blames
Bright beauty spread has such lovely aims

Stephanie Abney said...

These are all great! Thanks for participating!!

Peggy Barker said...

I was busy yesterday so here is my triplet a day late.

I see mountains I wish to climb,
Their grandeur is truly sublime,
Gratitude fills my soul each time.

Betsy said...

I love you more than I did years ago
In sunshine and rain and soon in the snow
My best friend, my love, who’s most in the know

Cupcakes baking and filling the air
Fragrance that tempt, I’m caught in their snare
“Eat me! You can’t stay thin if you dare.”