The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms - Ross Murfin 2018


Triplet: A tercet (a group of three lines of verse) in which all three lines rhyme (aaa).

EXAMPLE: Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “The Eagle: A Fragment” (1851) is composed of two triplets:

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;

Close to the sun in lonely lands,

Ringed with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls:

He watches from his mountain walls,

And like a thunderbolt he falls.