The quatern is a French form of poetry composed of 4 quatrains. The first line in the first stanza acts as a refrain that reoccurs throughout the poem. It is repeated in the 2nd line of the 2nd stanza, 3rd line in the 3rd stanza, and 4th line in the 4th stanza. French poetry often begins and ends with the same line. There are 8 syllables per line. The rhyme scheme is up to the poet.

Here the A represents the placement of the repeating line: A-x-x-x / x-A-x-x / x-x-A-x / x-x-x-A

The link below contains an example of a quatern poem:

Baan the Deathlord by Carrie Page


Do you have an example of a quatern poem you’d like to share? Leave a link to it in the comments!

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