How to Write Poetry: The Trilinea Poetic Form

In a trilinea poem, the word 'rose' is used as a flower, action, colour or the name of a person
In a trilinea poem, the word 'rose' is used as a flower, action, colour or the name of a person | Source
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The Trilinea A poetic form

The Trilinea is a short poem similar to the haiku. I do not know who actually invented the format, but it obviously has it's origin in the haiku form.

Where the haiku consists of 17 syllables in three unrhymed lines 5. 7. 5, the Trilinea also consists of three unrhymed lines, but with a syllable count of 16, in the format of, 4. 8. 4. lines.

Unlike haiku, Trilinea does not need to be related to nature or the seasons, its one caveat; the word 'Rose' or roses must be included in the poem.

Rose can be a colour, an action, a flower or a name. The general consensus is that the Trilinea should be unrhymed, but others insists that the first and last lines should rhyme. For the purpose of this hub, I chose to use both forms.

I became aware of this form of poetry some time ago, while checking out a fellow Huber's page

However, it took a while before I got around to writing my first Trilinea.

I decided it was time to write a Trilinea. I hope you will enjoy my first effort.

 Rose Colour
Rose Colour

Sweet Lips

From pouting lips

Of Soft rose red, sweet tender words

Of love he sips


This Trilinea represents a flower or a woman
This Trilinea represents a flower or a woman

Secrets

She was his Rose

His obsession, his secret love

But no one knows

The Honeymoon

Rose petels graced

Big brass bed, two bodies entwined

Lovers embraced


Source

Wild Rose

Rose was her name

The wild scarlet red jezebel

A shrew untamed

Source

The Dance

Seductively;

They danced the tango, passion rose

The world grew hushed


The Trilinea

  • The Trilinea is a tristich; a poem of three lines
  • It may or may not rhyme
  • Any rhyme should be in the first and last lines
  • Consists of sixteen syllables
  • Must contain the word 'ROSE'
  • Rose can be a flower, a name, an action or a colour

Choose your favourite Poetic form

Which is your Favourite Poetic Form

  • Haiku
  • Prose
  • Blank Verse
  • Ballad
  • Limerick
  • Sestina
  • Villanelle
  • Trilinea
  • Sonnets
  • Free Verse
  • Cinquains
  • Epic poems
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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Suzette, how nice to see you!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the poems.

I had fun with them, and since I already love to write haiku, this was a natural progression.

Thank you for taking a look, much appreciated.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Jo: This is great! Your trilinea are beautiful and you have shown us every way in which they can be written. Very creative! I enjoyed reading this and learning of the trilinea. Kudos for trying a new form of poetry.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Jamie, I will always associate you with the Sonnet, you've really excelled in this form of poetry. Thank you for stopping by, I'm glad you liked the Trilinea it was fun to write. All is well this side of the pond, I've been spending some time in the garden, so I haven't done much on HP, but I'll be over to catch-up.

Take care and my best to you and the family.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Thank you for teaching me about the Trilinea. Sounds fun. Of course I had to vote as the Sonnet as my favorite. I hope all is well. Jamie


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Rebecca, lovely to see you! So glad you enjoyed the poem, it was fun to write. A few of us on HP have tried it, If I remember correctly...Rosemay, Sueswan, Michele, aka. Midget38 and our very own Faithreaper have all written Trilinea poems, I'd love to see a few more. Thank you for taking a look, take care and my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Theresa, you're right, the Trilinea is very much like the haiku, I enjoy both form of poetry. I think you should try it you'll enjoy it. Thank you for bringing this one out, much appreciated. :)


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is an interesting form of poetry. I have never heard of it, but it sounds like it would be fun to try out. Thanks!


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Morning Jo - Very nice trilinea. I tried them once and mine were fairly pitiful, not sure why, but that is OK. Wonderful pictures and photographs and I absolutely love the paintings by

Morning Jo - An interesting form, and some very nice trilinea. :) I had forgotten how similar it is to Haiku in number of syllables. Of course in other ways they are very different. I could never seem to get the hang of them, which you obviously have. I absolutely love the paintings by David Wendel. They are a amazing. :) Blessings. Theresa


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Au fait, thank you for taking a look at this and for the very kind comment, much appreciated. I must say, I enjoyed writing the poems, it's probably time to have another go at it. Hope you are having a lovely day, my best to you.

Jo


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Excellent piece and I say that not only because it is well written but because I learned something! I have never heard of a trilinea before. The poems are themselves beautiful also.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Theresa, always a pleasure to see you, thanks for stopping by.....I don't think I'm brave enough to have a go at writing a sonnet, not yet at any rate. I do enjoy the haiku, the Trilinea is relatively new to me also, but it was fun.

Have a wonderful weekend and my best to you.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Michelle, lovely to see you!..glad you enjoyed the Trilinea, I really enjoyed writing them; I guess they're kinda haiku with a twist. Looking forward to sharing some more. :)

I hope all's well with you, my best as always.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Hi Jo! This is a great tribute to the Trilinea!! I think micropoetry is really catching on, hope to share more of it with you.


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Hi Jo - Had never heard of the Trilinea form before, although truthfully all I have ever known is the classic sonnet, free verse, ababab and so forth. Great poems and great explanation. Maybe I will get brave one of these days. Hope you are having a great weekend. Theresa


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Lurana, lovely to see you!...thanks for taking a look at this, much appreciated.


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Interesting and passionate poetry! Great information about this rare form too. I was especially impressed with the verb use--"passion rose". Very creative writing and nice photo illustrations too. ~Lurana


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Eddy, I only know of the two people mentioned in the hub who actually writes this form of poetry, but I had fun with this. thank you for taking a look, much appreciated.

My best to you.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Never heard of this one so a great hub to vote up and save.

Eddy


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Devika, I'm so glad you enjoyed it.....thank you for stopping by and my best to you.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Gypsy, always a pleasure to see you!....thanks for taking a look at this, much appreciated.

My best to you.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Wow! You have accomplished such a lovely presented poem, with beautiful photos with a unique style here. Voted up!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Incredible and much enjoyed. Well done Jo. Passing this on.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Rajan, lovely to see you!...glad you enjoyed the trilinea poems, I had fun doing them.

My best.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Shanmarie, thank you for the visit and lovely comment....you really should give it a try, I know you'll enjoy it.

Take care and my best to you.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

ImKarn, I would love to see you give the trilinea the Leslie treatment....you really should give it a go.

Thanks for stopping, always a pleasure.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Jo, this is awesome and my first brush with trilinea. And I love this genre of poetry.

Voted up.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Very interesting, tobusiness. Your trilinea poems are beautiful. Don't think I could do one justice, though!


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Yum, yum, i want some! Tres sexy poetry, my friend - i keep saying i want to try a trilinea poem, and then i forget until i read the next one!

Yours is delicious, btw!

sharing


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Kashmir, thank you for the visit and lovely comment, much appreciated, my best as always.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Thank you Kim, much appreciated.


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Jo,

Simply beautiful! Thank You.

Best Always,

Kim


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Very beautifully written and great presentation as well .


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Frank, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!...Many thanks and much appreciated.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Martin, it's always a pleasure.

Take care now.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Rose, many thanks for your encouragement and support, you are so very generous!...It means a lot.

Take care and my best as always.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

FlourishAnyway, Thank you for stopping by, much appreciated.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

Ive never heard of a trilinea before until now.. but nonetheless these little bits were awesome Toobusiness!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this.


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

I am speechless! I have told you before how your talents are endless but I have to reiterate how fascinating you truly are. One minute you are enlightening us about various medical conditions and the next you are delighting us with beautiful poetry. You are a very Blessed individual. Thank you for allowing us to share in your boundless talents! (Voted Up)

-Rose


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Good information. I especially enjoyed your poem "Wild Rose."


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Sunny River, thank you for stopping by, much appreciated.

My best to you.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Sue, thank you for the encouragement, I really enjoyed writing the Trilinea and I'm so glad you liked it.

My very best to you.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Wetnose, thank you for this wonderful comment, much appreciated. I loved that you were touched by the wild rose, and hope you haven't hang up your dancing shoes. My best to you and the gang.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Joelle, this is new to me also, an interesting take on the haiku, and fun to write. Thank you so much for checking it out.

My best as always.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Faith, I'm so glad you enjoyed this...it took me a while to attempt it but I got there eventually :). I really think you should have a go, you'll enjoy it. Many thanks for the visit and lovely comment, always appreciated

Take care and my best to you.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Bill, I just love discovering new forms of poetry, some are more challenging than others, but when completed, they all leave us with a great feeling of achievement.

I hope all is well with you, take care and my best as always.


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Sunny River 3 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

Very pretty set of poems. :)


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Jo

Love love love your Trilinea! You have raised the bar!

Thank you for the mention. I really appreciate it.

Voted up+++ and sharing


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Splendid talent you show.

I love the last two especially. I don't know why. Wild Rose. The Dance. I know I love dancing, Wild Rose, maybe cause she's free.


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

I didn't know that style of poem! You really over delivered.... with 5 of them that rhyme! Very lovely! Great choice of pictures as well!

Have a great week!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Whoa there, Jo, these are beyond amazing!!! I believe your first "effort" is more than successful.

All of your Trilinea poetry here is stunning and beautiful, with the perfect imagery too.

Bravo, take a bow!!!

I may have to give it an effort too, as it seems like a lot of fun and creativity goes into the Trilinea poem.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Hugs and love, Faith Reaper


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love that you try new genres and styles, Jo....then you are kind enough to give us an explanation of what they are. Very well done my friend.

Have a wonderful week, and blessings today and always

bill

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