Day 19~1/2 a Sestina=Tritina
Yes, it’s Easter weekend, but that doesn’t let you off the hook. I know, there are Easter Baskets to make, there are eggs to dye, potato salad to mix, and a Trina to write. That’s correct, the shorter version of a Sestina. Todays’ prompt comes courtesy one of my peeps from the Queens MFA Program, Michelle Hendrixson Milller. This is her brain child so you need to thank or hate her.
A Tritina, is a shortened version of sestina created by Marie Ponsot.
Here is how it is done
- The poem has ten lines, grouped into three tercets and one conclusive line.
- Tritinas have no meter requirements – However whatever meter you pick, you should try and stick with it to maintain the rhythm of your poem.
- The rhyme scheme, if you choose to have one, is based on the three end words you choose.
- Having chosen your three words, your pattern should look like this: ABC, CAB, BCA and the last line have all three words in it, bringing you back to ABC
I know, directions don’t help until you see it so here’s an example by the creator of said form
The window’s old & paint-stuck in its frame.
If we force it open the glass may break.
Broken windows cut, and let in the cold
to sharpen house-warm air with outside cold
that aches to buckle every saving frame
& let the wind drive ice in through the break
till chair cupboard walls stormhit all goods break.
The family picture, wrecked, soaked in cold,
would slip wet & dangling out of its frame.
Framed, it’s a wind-break. It averts the worst cold.