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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
Tinker posted a topic in American VerseExplore the Craft of Writing American Verse Invented Forms The Bryant describes observations of nature as metaphor for the social and political world around us. This stanzaic projacked form is patterned after To A Water Foul by American poet, William Cullen Bryant 1794- 1878. It was found in Viola Berg's Pathways for the Poet 1977. The elements of the Bryant are: stanzaic, written in any # of quatrains metered, L1,L4 trimeter and L2,L3 are pentameter. Short lines are indented. rhymed, alternating rhymed quatrains, abab cdcd etc a pastoral metaphor