Hello, Frank Hubeny here. Today the challenge is to write three-line poems or poems having mainly three-line stanzas. In other words the focus is on tercets or as I titled this prompt, “triplets”.
Laura Bloomsbury focused on tercets earlier this year while featuring Raymond Garlick’s poetry. This prompt focuses only on having three lines with no set rhyme words, meter or theme.
So one could write a haiku, a poem of three lines. Or one could write a villanelle, a poem mainly containing stanzas of three lines (except for the last). Or one could write a canto similar to those written by Dante in the Divine Comedy. I will try to write a tercet like Dante’s.
Threes appear all over the Divine Comedy. There are three parts: Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise. Each part contains 33 cantos (plus 1 at the beginning). Not only does each tercet have 3 lines, as I expected it would, but the entire tercet has exactly 33 syllables. That means each line contains on average eleven syllables.
Each canto ends with a single line and the rhyme pattern is ABA BCB CDC DED … XYX Y. The “…” means it can go on (and on). These cantos are over 100 lines each. For this prompt, let’s limit it to five tercets plus a concluding stanza so that a villanelle would fit in the prompt, but you only need write one tercet.
Initially I was going to make the challenge to write a few tercets like Dante’s, but they are more complicated than I realized. I have written a couple of them as practice. To get an eleven-syllable line using an iambic meter I have had some success writing a line where both the first and last syllable are accented. That seems to work, but you may have an interesting way to construct these.
After posting your tercet, triplet or poem with at most five tercet stanzas copy the link and paste it in the Mister Linky below. The Mister Linky will be open for 48 hours. Read how those who linked with you met the challenge.
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