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Sunday, December 30, 2012


The Trois-par-Huit is a short eight line poetic form that
is striking and fun to play with. 
This form was created by Lorraine M. Kanter
and goes by a few other names as well,
the Octa tri and the Three by Eight just to name a couple. 

The structure of the Trois-par Huit is easy to compose as
it only has three stanzas of 3,3,2 or 3,2,3, lines which
can be decided on your own personal taste. 

As with many forms the Trois-par-Huit has a
syllable count, 3,6,9,12,12,9,6,3 and
a rhyming scheme of: "aab bbc cc" or if you were to choose
 the 3,2,3, line stanza it would be "aab bb ccc".
The last line of the poem should be the title of the piece
and should summarize what the poem is about. 

Example Poem:

Finish Forms

Quench my thirst.
The unknown  is the curse.
I must scour pages of AP sages

Find their every form though it may take me ages.
Then if they keep inventing… put  them in cages.

In cases where changes come in swarms
document  all the norms.
Finish forms.

© Lawrencealot - April 21, 2012

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