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A strophe, stanza, or poem consisting of three lines.

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(Poetry) prosody a poem, stanza, or strophe that consists of three lines
[C19: from Greek, from tri- + stikhos stich, on the model of distich]
trisˈtichic adj
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a poem, strophe, or stanza of three lines. — tristichic, adj.
See also: Verse
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 a group of three lines of verse; a stanza of three lines, 1813.
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The book takes its title from a tristich in a Karl Shapiro poem, "Hospital": "This is the Oxford of all sicknesses.
recognizes this symmetrical device "invented by Greek teachers of rhetoric" and expands it by employing a tripartite structure in "The Contest," which consists of three parts comprising 10 stanzas.(15) Part 1 contains four stanzas - an opening quatrain, followed by a tristich, and two more quatrains; parts 2 and 3 contain three stanzas each - two quatrains framing a distich in part 2, and three consecutive quintets in part 3.
(9) In this tristich no less than six terms detail the fool's ultimate demise, thereby creating a climax of tension found nowhere else in the poem (terror, disaster, destruction, whirlwind, distress, and affliction).