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Initial post: Aug 11, 2010 6:58:41 PM PDT
'probabilist says:
"A triolet is like a train tunnel..."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triolet

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 7:24:23 PM PDT
blueskies says:
How great my grief, my joys how few,
Since first it was my fate to know thee!
- Have the slow years not brought to view
How great my grief, my joys how few,
Nor memory shaped old times anew,
Nor loving-kindness helped to show thee
How great my grief, my joys how few,
Since first it was my fate to know thee?
Thomas Hardy

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 10:35:07 AM PDT
blueskies says:
Hmmph. No literaratti about?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 10:39:11 AM PDT
I love poetry... love it. But honestly, I'm trying to figure out what the train tunnel thing is all about. I know what a triolet is, and I know what a train tunnel is, but I'm not sure how the two of them go together. Did something go over my head? If it did, I'm not surprised.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 10:46:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 12, 2010 10:50:37 AM PDT
'probabilist says:
The thread title is the first line from a triolet that someone else wrote for an introductory poetry writing course I took as an undergraduate. (It was taught in the evening, so that the professor's literate former students could attend unofficially and participate. The new poems that these unofficial participants wrote and read each evening proved to be the best part of the course for me. They easily outclassed those of us who were taking the course for the first time.)

The theme in this triolet was that the first two lines in a triolet rapidly constrain your choices in writing the rest of the poem, locking you into a fairly narrow path until you emerge at the other end of it.

I kept a copy of it, but it's packed away somewhere and I only remember the first line now.

Perhaps, with the help of the description in the wikipedia article and the Thomas Hardy example that Blue provided, others here can create their own triolets? Starting with the thread title as the first line, perhaps. Or with another line of their own choice.

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 10:53:17 AM PDT
'probabilist says:
Here's a web page with links to "some triolets that have been around so long that they are in the public domain", for some more examples:

http://triolets.org/b2

,.-)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 11:23:37 AM PDT
Ok, I'll bite... an original work. ;-)

Texas sucks, it's too d@mn hot -
Too few trees and too much sun.
It must be a vast, right-wing plot -
Texas sucks, it's too d@mn hot!
We'd move, but we have orders not.
So we melt, nowhere to run.
Texas sucks, it's too d@mn hot -
Too few trees and too much sun.

Obviously, I'm in an incredibly positive state of mind today.

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 11:32:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 12, 2010 12:22:21 PM PDT
A triolet is like a train tunnel
Emerging to parts unknown
As water flowing through a runnel
A triolet is like a train tunnel
Channeling phrases and thoughts in a funnel
To elicit a smile, a nod, or groan.
A triolet is like a train tunnel
Emerging to parts unknown

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 11:38:37 AM PDT
blueskies says:
Texas sucks. I liked it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 11:39:52 AM PDT
blueskies says:
grady,

I liked it. A triolet is like a train tunnel.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 12:15:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 12, 2010 12:20:01 PM PDT
'probabilist says:
Nice indeed, grady. It evokes the theme of the triolet I mentioned very well.

Just one minor thought: would "or groan" scan better?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 12:16:39 PM PDT
'probabilist says:
Cool, DSW. It captures well the times I've been to Texas.

,.-)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 12:22:45 PM PDT
... point taken!

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 12:31:18 PM PDT
'probabilist says:
"A triolet is like a rain barrel..."

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 12:32:20 PM PDT
A toilet is like a drain funnel...

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 2:41:15 PM PDT
blueskies says:
Is a triolet a toilet for three?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 2:47:54 PM PDT
'probabilist says:
I suppose that qualifies as triolet humor...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 2:49:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 12, 2010 2:49:51 PM PDT
I don't know, but I need one now! PMPWL!:) oops,troilate.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 5:40:40 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 12, 2010 7:02:08 PM PDT
Island Girl says:
D.S. and Al,

Excellent triolets, the bothya!

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 7:07:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 12, 2010 7:09:47 PM PDT
A triolet is like a toilet
because it has a bunch of the same letters
A violet also has a lot of the same letters
A triolet is like a toilet
when it's written by someone like me
it is probably best to just flush it
A triolet is like a toilet
because it has a bunch of the same letters

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 7:10:17 PM PDT
Humble thanks Betty. Your haikus were clever too. Are you or have you been a writer? Your linguistic skill is quite evident there and on the one word thread as well. Its fun to watch for your posts.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 7:15:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 12, 2010 7:15:49 PM PDT
'probabilist says:
Nice triolet, Karen! Veddy humoristian!

,.-)

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 7:16:29 PM PDT
'probabilist says:
"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet..."

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2010 7:17:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2011 1:26:42 AM PST
A toilet is not a violet
even the the ones that are lavender blue
As Karen said, "It is probably best just to flush it"
A toilet is not a violet
And sometimes the reaction can be quite violent
when unflushed, and the odor makes this true:
A toilet is not a violet
Even the ones that are lavender blue
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