The poetry form for the next two weeks will be the quatrain, a poem with one or more four lined stanzas variously patterned with rhyme and meter. Welcome to the pub.
The Poetry Foundation lists five quatrain forms based on rhyme pattern. For this prompt we will stick to the first four since we have already covered the rubai rhyme pattern.
1. There is the ballad with rhyme pattern ABAC or ABCB. Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” is an example.
2. There is the double couplet with rhyme pattern AABB. A.E. Housman’s “To an Athlete Dying Young” is an example.
3. There is the rhyme pattern ABAB called “interlaced”, “alternate” or “heroic. The example provided is Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”.
4. There is the rhyme pattern ABBA called “envelop” or “enclosed”. The example provided is Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “In Memoriam”.
Think of these quatrain patterns as constraints like the 44 words of a quadrille and see what you can come up with.
Here is the Eagles’ Hotel California. I hear the lyrics as a ballad with quatrain stanzas (except for the refrain) with two beats per line and rhyme pattern ABCB.
To participate write a quatrain or a poem consisting of no more than four quatrain stanzas and post it to your blog. Copy the blog link and paste the link in the form that will appear when clicking the Mister Linky below. Enjoy the other poems linked there. The prompt will be open for the next two weeks.