AN AUTUMNAL “TREE”-OLET

What is a TRIOLET?
Triolet is a French poetry form that employs rhyme and repetition, and is so named because the first line is repeated three times.  The finished poem is eight lines in length and follows this formula:

first line
second line
rhyme with first line
repeat first line
rhyme with first line
rhyme with second line
repeat first line
repeat second line

yellow-tree

YELLOW SNOW

Leaves like flakes of golden snow
flutter through a sunbeam bright
A squall of wind and off they go
Leaves like flakes of golden snow
Twirling, spinning, to and fro,
gusting sideways, landing light
Leaves like flakes of golden snow
flutter through a sunbeam bright

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14 thoughts on “AN AUTUMNAL “TREE”-OLET

  1. Peter Klopp November 20, 2016 / 1:32 am

    This form of poetry is new to me. I like the triolet very much and your application in your poem ‘Yellow Snow’ is well done. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Just Joan November 20, 2016 / 9:13 am

      Thanks, Peter! I am working my way through a poetry guide with a chapter on different forms, hoping to try them all. Triolet seemed to fit this subject well. 🙂

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  2. circumstance227 November 20, 2016 / 3:05 am

    Nice! But – I have to admit that the title conjured up a different image from my early childhood. In triolet form:

    Zappa told us not to eat
    The title of Joan’s poem
    It is NOT a tasty treat
    Zappa told us not to eat
    It comes from a doggie’s seat
    As they venture from their home
    Zappa told us not to eat
    The title of Joan’s poem

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    • Just Joan November 20, 2016 / 9:16 am

      Be still my heart, 227, I have inspired someone to WRITE a poem! A lovely and practical one at that! Thanks for sharing 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Tippy Gnu November 20, 2016 / 7:58 am

    It seems every week you showcase a new form of poetry. I never knew there were so many forms. I like this one, as I seem to like all of them. Looking forward to next week’s.

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    • Just Joan November 20, 2016 / 9:22 am

      Thanks, Tippy. Glad you are enjoying my WordPress Mini Poetry Course. Between poetry books, websites, and suggestions from readers, I may never run out of new forms! Next week’s is scheduled to be a KYRIELLE, if it’s finished. Kyrielle is to Triolet as Double Dutch is to Jump Rope. 🙂

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      • Just Joan November 20, 2016 / 12:53 pm

        Guessing you were not a jump roper back in the day? It’s an analogy (wait, wait, don’t go grabbing your tissues and antihistamines just yet…) meaning I’ll be playing the same game but upping the difficulty factor. 🙂

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      • Tippy Gnu November 20, 2016 / 1:02 pm

        Okay. You’re the genius poet doing all the difficult work. I just read and say, “Hey, I like that.”

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    • Just Joan November 20, 2016 / 12:58 pm

      Thanks, Marissa. All those rules do seem a bit tedious. But they makes it a more challenging poetic puzzle, yes? I am working on a triolet series on dementia right now–with all the repetition, this form is working especially well. 🙂

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      • Marissa Bergen November 21, 2016 / 5:01 pm

        I suppose! I find it hard to keep humorous when i try to keep to true to a certain form so I’ve mostly given up.

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  4. L. T. Garvin, Author November 28, 2016 / 10:49 am

    What a beautiful poetry form! I like the comparison of leaves to snow. I can picture this quite clearly as we have many windy autumn days! Well done, Joan.

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    • Just Joan November 28, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      Thanks, Lana. This was based on a real-life experience, a moment in time. 🙂

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