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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Frame Four Line Construction A poetic unit of four lines is termed a quatrain or a tetrastich. Quatrain infers the unit is written adjacent to other stanzas but like the couplet, it can be a stand-alone poem. The term tetrastich infers a stand-alone poem of four lines but the term is rarely used. Sir, I admit your general rule, That every poet is a fool, But you yourself may serve to show it, That every fool is not a poet. --Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quatrain is a French word referring to a four-line stanza
Explore the Craft of Writing African Verse Insult Poetry is a genre of verse, the purpose of which is to deliver good humored insults. To write good insult poetry the images must be specific, clever and personal. The object of the poem is a real person or place or event and the insults should be specific, occasionally revealing small truths in an exaggerated or funny manner. The poem is best begun with an introductory phrase which should have a chant like quality enhanced by repetition. Otherwise the frame or structure of the verse is at the discretion of the poet. The earliest
Tinker posted a topic in The FrameExplore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Frame II. Couplet Construction Interchangeable couplets when the right conditions occur. The repetition of content herein is deliberate for clarity of division. A Closed Couplet is any Complete Couplet in which meter and syntax are sealed at the end. The frame is end-stopped. When the lines are written in iambic pentameter and linked by rhyme it is also a Heroic Couplet. Know then thyself, presume not God to scan, The proper study of Mankind is Man. --- Pope's Essay on Man (note: this is also a Complete Couplet because