from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A group of three lines of verse, often rhyming together or with another triplet.
- n. Music See triplet.
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- n. a three-line stanza in a poem
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A triplet.
- n. A triplet; a group of three lines.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, same as triplet.
- n. In poetry, a group of three riming lines; a triplet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
For all their disarticulation, Morrison's poems employ an elaborate formal fiction. "please advise stop" is one of fifty-four poems with the same title and three-tercet form.
Fisher arranges the lines into 6 couplets and a tercet, a variation on the form known as the couplet sonnet.
I'm less taken with "like a bad suit," in the first tercet, which I take as the poet's own construct.
It's fun to have some words (those with which a tercet ends) hang ambiguously for a moment, and for others (those which begin the following tercet) come out of a silence.
When I first read the poem, I put in a slight pause after each tercet.
This sets the stage for a listing of stanzaic forms moving from the couplet, through the tercet to finally arriving at the ode and unusual forms such as the sequidilla and the haiku, etc.
Jukka considers Randion screpts a haynaku collection though the tercet word-count goes 2, 1, 3.
Viewing the poem as such, we see this rhyme scheme: ABCBDED how creepy is the last tercet.
But its form is obviously not new, per the above tercet.
The basic haynaku is a tercet comprised of a one-word line, two-word line, then three-word line.