Sunday, April 5, 2020

Day 5 ~ How to write a Triplet for #NationalPoetryMonth - "30 poems in 30 days"

Day 5 ~ How to write a Triplet for #NationalPoetryMonth - "30 poems in 30 days"

Wow! Yesterday our FB group was going crazy with so many couplets!! It was fabulous!! So, now that you’ve got that down – let’s see how you do when we add one more line:

  Let’s write TRIPLETS!

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:

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 of syllables 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 an example for ya’ ~ I’m hilarious!!

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

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Vicki said...

Day 5-Triplets

Triplets are fun to write
I can do it both day and night
'Cause now we're in the same plight

We're stuck in our very own houses
And not because we are mouses
So hopefully we're with our spouses

So, let's make the best of our time
And then use it to write us some rhymes
Like, "Parsley, Rosemary, and Thyme

Heidi L. Murphy said...

I'm a bit late with this one. So here it is in all its glory:


Late, and not my best effort. But here is one.

The Fence
My dear hubby wants to stain the fence.
He wants me to help, no recompence.
Together we will without offence.