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IV . Hindi Region: Triveni

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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry

Indian Poetry

Hindi Region


The Triveni is a relatively new form introduced by Gulzar, poet and Oscar award winning lyricist who won for best original song in Slum Dog Millionaire. The form is a popular 3 line verse mostly written in Urdu or Hindi. It uses the sher of the ghazal and adds a third line with a totally different perspective. It is a sort of Indian haiku without the syllable count.


The Triveni is:

  • a poem in 3 lines.
  • written in lines of equal length.
  • unrhymed
  • written with a sher or complete closed couplet, a poem in itself. And concluded with single line which is an observation of the first 2 lines from a different perspective.

    At the Office by Judi Van Gorder

    The everyday routine of the office humms on and on,

    questions, quotes, sales and claims dawn my day.

    New lines for a poem flash upon my computer screen.

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