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Poetry Definition

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 fouth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme. 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)


A Withered Leaf

A withered leaf falls to the ground.
In contemplation I'm aware
that much of history will astound
us when we realise what we share.

I look at sights that seem the same,
a withered leaf falls to the ground.
Ancestral souls that share our name
resurface. In our traits they're found.

A glance, a look can be renowned
as features of our family line.
A withered leaf falls to the ground
and I relate because it's mine.

As part of one big family tree
we share our roots. They're tightly bound.
When new life grows from you and me
a withered leaf falls to the ground.

Standard Definition

[n] the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one


4 - (1 syllables), four - (1 syllables), foursome - (2 syllables), IV - (1 syllables), Little Joe - (3 syllables), quadruplet - (3 syllables), quartet - (2 syllables), quaternary - (4 syllables), quaternion - (4 syllables), quaternity - (4 syllables), tetrad - (2 syllables)

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