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triolet (TREE-uh-lit, -lay) noun

A poem or stanza of eight lines, having a rhyme scheme ABaAabAB, in which the first, fourth, and seventh lines are the same, and the second is the same as the eighth line.

[From French, literally small trio.]

"The teaching of English has so degenerated these days that it's hard to believe that Ira's school curriculum included a rigorous training in classical verse forms such as the ballad, the triolet, the rondeau, the villanelle and the sonnet, but it did. "In the first decades of the century the daily newspapers in New York were full of poetry, too: there were columns devoted to light verse, and often a theatre review or sports notice would be written in couplets or quatrains." John Tranter; He's Got Rhythm; The Australian (Sydney); Mar 30, 1996.

Here are some computing triolets.

This week's theme: words to describe poetic forms.


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