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Hi everyone!   In my part of the world, we are in the spring season and it is bursting with colors and green.   I hope you will enjoy today’s session, which is actually a poetry form that we have tackled in the past, back in Dec. 2012.  The dVerse archives is a treasure to read!

A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four.

A quatern has eight syllables (4 metric feet) per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme.  The poet may elect to rhyme at his own discretion, as long as the refrain is in the proper position.  The refrain is the entire line 1, or the poet may wish to alter line 1 with a slight change in the order, pace or focus e.g. changing a word or putting in a comma, for example, to suit one’s particular voice.   It is composed with a rolling refrain that is repeated as:

line 1
line 2
line 3
line 4

line 5
line 6 (line 1)
line 7
line 8

line 9
line 10
line 11 (line 1)
line 12

line 13
line 14
line 15
line 16 (line 1)

Here is my unrhymed Quatern, Autumn’s Last Day

I will wait here by river’s edge –
Wrapped in heated blanket of us
Sunlight flickers low in white mist
Maple trees still, breathless statues

As winter drapes like bridal veil
I will wait here by river’s edge –
Writing poems and letters to you
As you sail, wingspan gliding wide

The days and nights collide like dream –
Icy crystals drops, snow castles –
As I wait here by river’s edge
Writing songs, words flowing like wine

Ferments the anticipation
My hands weave our pictures and words
Into the emerald-spring frame —
Here, I will wait by river’s edge

SOURCES:   Here and here

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See you at the poetry trail. ~Grace~