Treochair

The treochair [tre-och-air] is an Irish verse form. It consists of a series of accentual syllabic tercets. The first line contains three syllables and two stresses; the second line, seven syllables and three stresses; the third line, seven syllables and two stresses. The rhyme scheme is AxA, BxB, CxC... AxA. Typical of Celtic poetry, there is generous alliteration, and the last tercet repeats the initial word or rhyme of the first.

Treochair

Irish verse
Of triplets towed in tandem
Takes a form a bit perverse.

Length and stress
Are dictates done in detail,
But the stanzas aren't a mess.

Perhaps terse,
But persistence will pay off...
What results is Irish verse.

Classical Treochairs

A Saturnalian Treochair

Saturn's feast
Has come again to grace us;
For awhile we'll be released.

first
second
third.

Aelia: A Treochair

Cough at will
Until the fits are finished
still.

Your four teeth
Have
cough.


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