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Monday, February 6, 2017

Writing Exercise - Triplets and Couplets


 By Ashley Lister

I’ve mentioned triplets before.  The idea of putting three lines of poetry together always excites me. Couplets are good for a rhyme scheme. They provide a solid structure. But, to my mind, triplets increase the speed and seem to allow a bigger build-up to the punchline of the poem.

Some lasses think that thongs are boss
But that opinion makes me cross
‘Cos a thong’s just fanny-dental-floss

And whilst some say the style is quaint
I would say it really ain’t
Cos a thong’s like cheese-wire on the taint

So what I’d say to every chick is
Treat yourself to some big knickers.

With this poem, I thought it might have a greater impact if I mixed couplets with triplets. The title of the poem is ‘Big Knickers’ and the focus is on the persona of the poem appreciating a fuller brief. Consequently, to stress the importance of this sentiment, I thought the sedate couplet would allow for the pace to slow down for the delivery of those two lines.

You see, when she’s ready to hit the sack
The kinkiest nymphomaniac
Does not want string across her crack

Thongs are cruel. Thongs can sting.
Thongs can be a dangerous thing.
They’re like barbed wire on the ring

Yes, whale-tails can raise most bloke’s smiles
But sit on this and think awhile
Thongs can aggravate your piles

To stop yourself from getting sick as
a cystitis parrot – wear big knickers


The poem goes on, but I’m going to cut it off there and say, if you want to share a poem made up of a mixture of triplets and couplets, please post them in the comments box below.

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