For the 4th day of our challenge, let’s write a poem that has FOUR lines!! Cool.
Lots of poems fit that requirement but we
will do a “quatrain” today. The word quatrain is derived from the French word
for the number four: quatre
fact, you most likely already have a quatrain poem memorized. “Roses are Red”
would be a prime example of a quatrain, with an ABCB pattern.
can also use an AAAA, an AABB, or AABA, or BBCB or basically whatever – but the
ending words should rhyme with each other in one pattern or another and
whichever ones rhyme with each other, should have the same number of syllables.
Many hymns are quatrains and most of
Emily Dickenson’s poems were made up of quatrains.
may sound like a lot to think about but most Nursery Rhymes are quatrains –
it’s not that hard ~ give it a shot. J
drew a circle that shut me out--
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.
--Edwin Markham (American Poet, April 23, 1852 – March 7, 1940)
Here’s an old quatrain of mine ~ It
has an AABB pattern and lines 1 & 2 are 8 syllables while lines 3 & 4
are 7 syllables:
wonder where I’ve been all day.
I must admit, it’s hard to say.
Over here and over there.
I guess I’ve been everywhere.
© 2014 Stephanie Abney
And here’s a 2-verse quatrain poem AABB pattern that I
wrote last year.
It seems I have raging A.D.D.
My “to-do” list is a sight to see.
I start one thing, then switch to
I am exhausted when the day is through!
There are ways I have learned to
I sort things in a different tote.
One for reading and one for art,
I’ve so many totes, where to start?
© 2022 Stephanie Abney
Okay – whatcha’ got for quatrains?
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