The Cleave Poetry Webzine [ISSN: 1758-9223]

A cleave by any other name…Part 3: Trigee poetic form

In discussion on March 12, 2009 at 11:26 pm

The trigee poetic form is the same as the basic cleave form.

The poet’s book supposedly contains his examples of trigee forms:

Pavlov’s Cat, Poems and other Stories by TD Euwaite (Richard Brotbeck).

Also see: What is responsible for all this Trigee business going on around here?

Interestingly the creator of the trigee form writes:

“The form was copyrighted in our 2008 book, PAVLOV’S CAT.”

Is it possible to copyright a poetic form?

I have been trying to get in contact with the creator of the trigee but have not had a reply, which is a shame.

Some thoughts:

  • Has the cleave form been reinvented numerous times since the start of the new millenium?
  • Is it an important structure that will arise from the rubble of our post-modern wasteland?
  1. Before publishing it, we spent several weeks trying to find a form similar to the Trigee. We honestly thought we had invented the thing. The ‘Cleave’ does appear to be similar, and, since publishing the book last year, we have found a 15th century form with similar characteristics. I am writing some notes for the third edition. I will say something about this. Thanks for pointing this out to me.


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