- a short poem of fixed form, having a rhyme scheme of ab, aa, abab, and having the first line repeated as the fourth and seventh lines, and the second line repeated as the eighth.
Origin of triolet
1645–55; < French: literally, little trio
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Examples from the Web for triolet
This ingenious epistolary “novel” consists of the letters Shklovsky wrote Triolet during his political exile in Berlin.Alternative Russian Classics
March 11, 2010
Deuce take it, Easy is the triolet,If you really learn to make it!
The triolet is a sort of abbreviation of the second variety of rondeau.The Principles of English Versification
Paull Franklin Baum
Originally, the triolet was often used for serious sentiment.English Verse
Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
But it is a truth that you can no more put into a play than into a triolet.George Bernard Shaw
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The farce opens with a lamentable Triolet, in which the two thieves bewail their unhappy state.A Short History of French Literature
- a verse form of eight lines, having the first line repeated as the fourth and seventh and the second line as the eighth, rhyming a b a a a b a b
C17: from French: a little trio
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