repetition suits me fine

the triolet’s a form I love
the repetition suits me fine
familiar fits me like a glove
the triolet’s a form I love
Perhaps some day I’ll rise above
and find a form that’s mine – all mine
the triolet’s a form I love
the repetition suits me fine


The triolet is a short poem of eight lines with only two rhymes used throughout.

Rules of the Triolet Form

The requirements of this fixed form are straightforward: the first line is repeated in the fourth and seventh lines; the second line is repeated in the final line; and only the first two end-words are used to complete the tight rhyme scheme. Thus, the poet writes only five original lines, giving the triolet a deceptively simple appearance: ABaAabAB, where capital letters indicate repeated lines.

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