As I mentioned last week, the style for the next PerPoTues will be Triolet.
This is new to me, too. The fun thing about this poetic form is that it includes a couple of lines that repeat. So, although it technically only has eight lines, you really only have to come up with five.
Here's the line-by-line break down. It helped me to color code it, and, hopefully, this makes sense to you too...
line 1: Come up with something that bears repeating!
line 2: Come up with something else.
line 3: Rhymes with line 1.
line 4: Repeat line 1.
line 5: Rhymes with line 1.
line 6: Rhymes with line 2.
line 7: Repeat line 1.
line 8: Repeat line 2.
So the rhyme scheme you end up with is ABaAabAB (capital letters are repeated lines).
Information and examples:
- The MediaDrome: Triolet is where I discovered the form
- About.com has a clear, concise explanation with history and links to examples
- Poetry Form - the Triolet despite the unfortunate font choice, this page has some good tips on how to come up with a triolet
Photo by Candida.Performa. I thought it was a good fit because of the title ("Triolet Rouge") – and because of the repeating lines. Get it? Stripes? And poetic repetition? Repeating lines? Nevermind.