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Triad

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Irish Verse

Triad meaning three for which I have found 2 different forms of verse called a Triad.

  • The Triad is a genre from ancient Irish Verse rather than a verse form although the early examples are in 3 mono-rhymed triplets. Like the Treochair it is a departure from the quatrains of Dan Direach. More modern versions allow the structure to be at the poet's discretion. Most importantly, the poem should include 3 related subjects and their character.
    The elements of the early Triad are:
    1. a poem that lists 3 related things and considers their effects.
    2. written in 3 mono-rhymed triplets. Meter is at the discretion of the poet.
    3. is written with modern interpretations of this form which vary from free verse, a loose poetic form written in 3 couplets rhymed or unrhymed, or in nonce frames created specifically for the poem.
    4. most importantly written including 3 related subjects, their character and relationship.

      Uniquely Irish, The Shamrock by Judi Van Gorder

      I don't want to sound terse
      It could be much much worse
      but I'll try to write a clever verse.

      Of shamrock's I will carp,
      may sound a bit too sharp
      not like sweet music on the harp.

      In distant Ireland of all places
      they cover most of the bases
      even the art of shaving faces.

      Seamrog, (Gaelic) shamrock, with its 3 leaves is said to represent not only the Holy Trinity, but also (the fruits of the spirit, faith, hope and charity), (love, valor and wit), (past, present and future) and uniquely Irish, (clever verse, music on the harp, and the art of shaving faces).

  • A variation of the Triad was published in Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg 1977 and is attributed to Rena Ferguson Parks. It is a metered, rhymed invented form with a refrain.
    The invented variation of the Triad is:
    1. a poem in 22 lines made up of an octave, sixain and an octave in that order.
    2. metric, all lines are iambic tetrameter accept the last line of each stanza which is a refrain in iambic dimeter.
    3. rhymed, turned on only 2 rhymes, rhyme scheme xxxaxabA xxxabA xxxaxabA - b rhyme linking the stanzas and A being the refrain.

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