Today’s prompt is a bit outside the box for me =). Instead of designating a topic, today’s prompt invites us to experiment with different poetry form. The invitation to try writing triolets, from the Day 23 prompt on the NaPoWriMo website, is a fun and very different challenge for me, as I typically mix and match or completely forgo, any type of traditional poetry form.

I hope you have fun reading my first try at a triolet. And, I hope you’re inspired to try to write your own triolet, even if written just for your own eyes. To encourage everyone to try today’s prompt, including proclaimed non poets and non writers, in addition to my triolet, I am posting the form breakdown of my poem. Anyone looking to write their own triolet, but a bit confused by the directions, just take a look at how I wrote mine.

Enjoy!!


Day 23 Prompt:

Today, let’s try writing triolets. A triolet is an eight-line poem. All the lines are in iambic tetramenter (for a total of eight syllables per line), and the first, fourth, and seventh lines are identical, as are the second and final lines. This means that the poem begins and ends with the same couplet. Beyond this, there is a tight rhyme scheme (helped along by the repetition of lines) — ABaAabAB.


Love Is

Love is beauty’s purest image

Flawlessly unblemished in its design

Loosely, flagrantly unaligned

Love is beauty’s purest image

Simply, delicately perfect

Beautifully remarkable

Love is beauty’s purest image

Flawlessly unblemished in its design

 

Triolet Outline Key:

*= Line 1, Line 4 & Line 7 Repetition

^= Line 2 & Line 8 Repetition

(#)= Syllables per word

 

Triolet Outline Example:

Line 1*: Love(1) is(1) beauty’s(2) purest(2) image(2)= 8 syllables

Line 2^:  Flawlessly(3) unblemished(3) design(2)= 8 syllables

Line 3: Loosely(2), flagrantly(3) unaligned (3)= 8 syllables

Line 4*: Love(1) is(1) beauty’s(2) purest(2) image(2)= 8 syllables

Line 5: Simply(2), delicately(4) perfect(2)= 8 syllables

Line 6: Beautifully(4) remarkable(4)= 8 syllables

Line 7*: Love(1) is(1) beauty’s(2) purest(2) image(2)= 8 syllables

Line 8^: Flawlessly(3) unblemished(3) design(2)= 8 syllables

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