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.
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).
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,
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.
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
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