The triolet resembles and precedes the rondeau as a written form, in part because rondeaux were exclusively performed as courtly folk songs until the 14th century. Conversely, triolet was purely literary and spoken. In a sense, the triolet is the poetic cousin of the rondeau, since both derived from the rondel.
|Structure:||Eight lines; opening line repeats in fourth and seventh lines; second and eighth lines repeat|
|Common Themes:||Human folly, relationship, triumph, journey|