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Trine

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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry

French Poetry

 

The Trine is a verse form which apparently originated in France and is described at Poetry Base. Trine is Anglo-French meaning "three each" and in astronomy it is three planets 120 degrees adjacent to each other forming an equilateral triangle.

 

The Trine is:

  • a poem in 9 lines made up of 3 rhymed couplets followed by a tercet.
  • isosyllabic, (same syllable count), using the French Heroic line, the Alexandrine, would be appropriate but I don't think it is a prerequisite. (I use 9 syllable lines in the example below.)
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme a a b b c c a b c.

     

    Trifling Trinity by Judi Van Gorder

     

    High pitch chatter comes out of the dark,

    a racing rat skitters through the park.

    On his tail a dragon breathing fire

    chasing the rodent into a briar.

    While up in a palm a monkey cheered

    and clapped his hands thinking nothing weird.

    This gay game they play I must remark,

    for some is nothing to aspire,

    though for this three it's fun commandeered.

     

    One trine in Chinese Astrology is the Rat, the Dragon and the Monkey. The Trine is also the name of a popular Video Game, although I have no idea what the theme of the game is.

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