Triolet

Two stanzas of four lines each, making eight in all, and the line length is negotiable. So what puts the tri in triolet

Rain falls on the just
And the unjust too.
It hates to, but must 
Rain falls on the just.

The unjust have sussed:
Whatever they do,
Rain falls on the just
And the unjust too.

The opening line appears three times, that's what - it comes back as lines 4 and 7. The second line is repeated as the last line. And the rhyming scheme is abaa abab

Another one

Weetabix
To eat a single Weetabick
Is something very few can do.
It is a rare and special trick,
To eat a single Weetabick.
A third's too much; most people stick
With satisfaction at just two.
To eat a single Weetabick
Is something very few can do.

A better poem

Many surfers who reached this page will really have wanted this poem (a humble quatrain, but brilliant) by Lord Bowen (1835-1894):

The rain it raineth on the just
And also on the unjust fella:
But chiefly on the just, because
The unjust steals the just's umbrella.

Notable triolets

You don't see triolets very often. There's one by Sophie Hannah called The Guest Speaker in her book First of the Last Chances. Thomas Hardy wrote one called How great my grief.

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