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Triolet (pronounced tree o lay), a short French form.

The greatest difficulty in writing an interesting triolet is the requirement that so many lines be repeated (as indicated by the Capital letters in the form description).

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The form the poem takes is as follows: ABaAabAB.
 

     Art is Good

A    Art is good,
B    it helps keep us sane.
a    It can alter your mood.
A    Art is good.
a    Though easily misunderstood
b    if it's too vague or strange,
A    art is good,
B    it helps keep us sane.

          --cr

And a second example that bends the rules just slightly.

     Profound

A    I'd like to be profound.
B    It says so right here
a    in this old spiral bound
A    notebook: "I'd like to be profound"
a    to say things that count
b    otherwise, who cares.
A    I'd like to be profound.
B    It says so right here.

          --cr


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