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III. Bengali: The Tripadi

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Indian Poetry

Regional Forms


Tripadi in the Bengali Region is considered one line in three parts even though it is almost always written in three lines. So I guess you might say, each tercet is simply a full sentence in 26 or 20 syllables broken into lines.


The Tripadi is:

  • stanzaic, almost always in tercets. A poem can have any number of tercets.
  • syllabic, 8-8-10 syllables per line and sometimes 6-6-8 syllables per line.
  • rhymed, aax bbx


    Surprise by Judi Van Gorder


    white flakes drift onto spring blossoms,

    disrupts the play of two curious possums,

    the surprise snow supplies a new delight.


    Regional Verse Forms

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