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triolet

[tree-uh-ley, trahy-uh-lit] /ˌtri əˈleɪ, ˈtraɪ ə lɪt/
noun
1.
a short poem of fixed form, having a rhyme scheme of ab, aa, abab, and having the first line repeated as the fourth and seventh lines, and the second line repeated as the eighth.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < French: literally, little trio
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triolet

/ˈtriːəʊˌlɛt/
noun
1.
a verse form of eight lines, having the first line repeated as the fourth and seventh and the second line as the eighth, rhyming a b a a a b a b
Word Origin
C17: from French: a little trio
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Encyclopedia Article for triolet

medieval French verse form that consists of eight short lines rhyming ABaAabAB (the capital letters indicate lines that are repeated). The name triolet is taken from the three repetitions of the first line. The great art of the triolet consists in using the refrain line with naturalness and ease and in each repetition slightly altering its meaning, or at least its relation to the rest of the poem. The triolet is preserved in many modern European literatures, especially for light and humorous verse.

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