Triversen for Napo day 14

Miz Quickly suggested we write a triversen for day 14, a quixotic form which I couldn ‘t take seriously:-

Each stanza equals one sentence.
Each sentence/stanza breaks into 3 lines (each line is a separate phrase in the sentence).
There is a variable foot of 2-4 beats per line.
The poem as a whole should add up to 18 lines (or 6 stanzas).


For day fourteen
we should be writing sonnets
with exactly fourteen lines.

Why are folk afraid of sonnets,
when they’re so simple to do
in a variety of ways.

At the last count
I’ve written about forty
some good, some very bad.

Petrarch set the form
but Shakespeare
re-defined it.

There’s Miltonian, Byronic,
Clarean, Australian,
or even  Supersonic.

That’s a joke
by the way –
I can’t write that fast.


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5 Responses to Triversen for Napo day 14

  1. Ron. says:

    Never heard of it, V, but clearly, you nailed it. I might try one soon. Thanks.


  2. You make me almost want to write one, Viv! If it were a little earlier in the day…my brain might cooperate.


  3. whimsygizmo says:

    Ha! This is great, Viv. 🙂


  4. colonialist says:

    I couldn’t play triversen pursuit. Sonnets suit me better!


  5. julespaige says:

    Thanks for a fine example of the Triversen. I’m am a tad afraid of the sonnet. I might be clever occasionally about stringing a few words together… but I lack the more formal poetic graces.
    I haven’t tried this yet. I have to make a quick errand and then maybe I’ll give it a go.


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