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Dipodic Quatrain - Podic Verse

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English Poetry

Dipodic Quatrain is a quatrain written in podic or folk meter with 2 stressed syllables per line.

  • Podic Verse or folk meter is a measure of verse simply based on the number of heavily stressed syllables in a rhymed line. The number of unstressed syllables are not considered. It is a hold over from Alliterative verse of the Anglo Saxons but instead of the irregular strophic verse, stanzas and rhyme are employed, something learned from the Normans.

The defining features of the Dipodic Quatrain are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
  2. podic, written with 2 heavy stresses per line with no regard to the number of unstressed syllables.
  3. rhymed, rhyme scheme either abab cdcd etc. or aabb ccdd etc.

    Crisis by Judi Van Gorder

    Trouble is here
    folks out of work
    lost career
    no pork.

    Money tight
    rolling up sleeves
    taxes bite
    family cleaves.

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