How to Write a Tritina Poem

I've always had a love of poetry. My personal preference is free verse and I've had a hard time breaking out of that and experiencing new poetic forms. However recently, I've had a huge urge to do just that. I'm currently attempting to broaden my horizons when it comes to poetry, so I'm doing a bit of dabbling in forms other than free verse. Tritina's are a fun first step in learning new forms. In an attempt to share my journey through the world of poetry, I will be writing hubs on how to write the different forms of poetry I learn on the way.

The Tritina
A Tritina is a poetic form that is fun to write. It's seems so simple that it's challenging. The tritina is a ten lined poem, divided over three tercets with a single line at the end of the poem. You can stop after the ten lines or create sequences to make a longer poem. Tritinas arose in the 20th century. they use three end words that are repeated throughout the poem, sort of like a sestina (which Is on my list of poetic forms to explore).

By Luke Roberts on Flickr.com
By Luke Roberts on Flickr.com | Source

Tritina Form

Guidelines to writing a poem in Tritina form:

  • The poem has ten lines, grouped into three tercets and one conclusive line.
  • Tritinas have no meter requirements - However whatever meter you pick, you should try to stick with it to maintain the rhythm of your poem.
  • The rhyme scheme, if you choose to have one, is based on the three end words you choose.
  • Having chosen your three words, your pattern should look like this: ABC, CAB, BCA and the last line have all three words in it, bringing you back to ABC.

For example: Three end words = Car, Bus, Plane
1. I drove my car
2: I took the bus
3. I took a plane
4: I took a plane
5. I drove my car
6. I took the bus
7. I took the bus
8. I took a plane
9. I drove my car
10. I drove my car, then took the bus, and finally got on a plane

I imagine you'll write something more creative than that! :)

An Example of a Tritina Form Poem

This is a simple poem in Tritina form that I wrote recently.

"The Melody"

In my ears ring this sweet melody
The beating of a healing heart
The suturing of a frayed soul

The needle that stitches this tattered soul
Is the peaceful chiming of the melody
Of an ever mending heart

To you I give this beating heart
To you I bear my sutured soul
With you I share this curative melody

This ever ringing melody, healing this heart and sewing this soul


Skylar Spring © copyright 2011

More by this Author


Comments 9 comments

SylviaSky profile image

SylviaSky 5 years ago from USA

That is truly interesting; I never herd of a Tritina before, only a Sestina. Thanks for the example.


Skylar Spring profile image

Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@SylviaSky... I had only heard of a sestina too when i first read about tritinas. Thanks for reading!


Eiddwen profile image

Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Very interesting and thanks for sharing.

I am at the moment into experimenting with different styles of writing.

Take care and have a great weekend.

Eiddwen.


Skylar Spring profile image

Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@Eiddwen... I'm glad you found this hub interesting and I hope this helps with your experimentation of styles. Thanks for reading! :)


Daniella Lopez profile image

Daniella Lopez 5 years ago from Arkansas

Fabulous hub! I have never heard of Tritina form before, but I do recall having seen pieces within this form shape. I'll have to try my hand at some here soon. :P Voted up!


Skylar Spring profile image

Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@Daniella... Thanks for commenting and voting :) I sort of stumbled upon this form. I'd only ever heard of sestinas. It seems many people haven't heard of Tritinas.


livi44 4 years ago

i really liked it........who did it


bobby 4 years ago

niiiiiiiiiiiice


Emapeel1 4 years ago

I wrote a Tritina back in 2007 and looked up the form here to double check I had followed it correctly and discovered that my second tercet read WORD WAY TRUTH when it should have been WORD TRUTH WAY. I loved the "The Melody" and it resonated deeply in my soul. Thank you for providing such wonderful creation

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working