An Introduction to Tricolon
Tricolon is a series of three parallel related elements, each of which shares a quality with each of the other elements.
In Tricolon, the elements can be of the same length, they can alliterate, or they can rhyme. The classic example of the tricolon is Julius CaesarOpens in new window’s letter to the Roman Senate, commending his victory over Pharnaces II of PontusOpens in new window, in which he offered this parallel tricolon:
- “Veni, vidi, viciOpens in new window” (“I came; I saw; I conquered”).
Sometimes, each subsequent clause becomes progressively longer than the preceding one; and in this respect, it is known as Tricolon crescensOpens in new window. A tricolon sometimes shares similarity with the figure known as HendiatrisOpens in new window.