The triversen is a loose form of sentence-long tercets developed by William Carlos Williams (or “The Red Wheelbarrow” and Paterson fame).

The rules of Triversen are

  • 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 which is around 4-8 syllables per line.
  • The poem as a whole should add up to 18 lines (or 6 stanzas).

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