Okay, let’s get back to basics because next week I hope to share some rather obscure poetry forms. But for your busy weekend, we will be writing triplets today and couplets tomorrow, BUT read the details before ya’ jump in. Okay?
Basically, triplets are simply 3 lined poems that rhyme.
BUT . . .
Depending on which EXPERT source you consult 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 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. Remember that a triplet should rhyme.
A "TRIPLET" is a very specific type of tercet and for our purposes pay CLOSE attention to the number of syllables:
HERE’S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART ~ 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
I pray my words today are sweet,
in case there’s some I have to eat,
it makes friends easier to keep!
© 2011 by Stephanie Abney
The house is quiet as it can be
At last some peace to think quietly
Can't wait for them to come home to me
© 2011 Mary Walling (deceased – Mary loved doing Poetry Month)
Finding words that always rhyme
Really takes a lot of time
Is not rhyming such a crime?
© 2014 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, it's YOUR turn :) HAVE FUN!!!
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 to them as soon as they post them. Thanks so much!
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