A Triolet is a short poem of fixed form, having a rhyme scheme of AB, aA, abAB.
The first is line repeated as the fourth and seventh lines, and the second line repeated as the eighth.
An effective conventional triolet achieves two things; firstly the naturalness of the refrain and secondly the alteration of the refrain’s meaning.
Anyone want to give it a try?
“Birds At Winter” by Thomas Hardy
- Around the house the flakes fly faster,
- And all the berries now are gone
- From holly and cotoneaster
- Around the house. The flakes fly! – faster
- Shutting indoors the crumb-outcaster
- We used to see upon the lawn
- Around the house. The Flakes fly faster
- And all the berries now are gone!