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Forms of Poetry - Q | Types of Poetry - Q

Forms of Poetry - q. This is a comprehensive resource of poetic forms beginning with the letter q. We include examples of different types of poetry.

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Qasida

Definition

Qasida, a kind of ode, often panegyric on a benefactor, sometimes a satire, sometimes a poem dealing with an important event. As a rule it is longer than ghazal, but it follows the same system of rhyme.

Example


Qawwali

Definition

Qawwali, is a form of urdu poetry read along with devotional music, A Qawwali is almost always dedicated to particular Sufi.

Example


Quatern

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)

Example

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.


Quatorzain

Definition

A quatorzain (from French quatorze, fourteen) is a poem of fourteen lines. Historically the term has often been used interchangeably with the term 'sonnet'. Various writers have tried to draw distinctions between 'true' sonnets, and quatorzains. Nowadays the term is seldom used, and when it is, it usually is used to distinguish fourteen line poems that do not follow the various rules that describe the sonnet.

Example

Quatorzain MOST men know love but as a part of life; They hide it in some corner of the breast, Even from themselves; and only when they rest In the brief pauses of that daily strife, Wherewith the world might else be not so rife, They draw it forth (as one draws forth a toy To soothe some ardent, kiss-exacting boy) And hold it up to sister, child, or wife. Ah me! why may not love and life be one? Why walk we thus alone, when by our side, Love, like a visible god, might be our guide? How would the marts grow noble! and the street, Worn like a dungeon-floor by weary feet, Seem then a golden court-way of the Sun! Henry Timrod


Quatrain

Definition

A stanza or poem consisting of four lines. In the basic form, Lines 2 and 4 must rhyme while having a similar number of syllables.

Example

The wind doth blow today, my love
And a few small drops of rain;
I never had but one true-love
In cold grave she was lain.


Questionku

Definition

3 lines
4 5 6
Ending with a question

Example

Single planet
Billions of people
What's the meaning of life

Richard Lamoureux


Quintain (English)

Definition

This is much more popular form of Quintet having no set measure or foot and has a rhyming scheme of a. b. a. b. b.

Example

Fields we have planted
have ripened slowly to golden husk.
soon they will be harvested.
the air rich with wheaten musk
the fields once more return to dust.

Ryter Roethicle


Quintain (Sicilian)

Definition

Written in Iambic Pentameter with a rhyme sequence of a.b.a.b.a. This form has been used by many great poets and like the Tanka it is a valid and wonderful poetry form in it's own write.

Example

And on and on it goes, on through endless time
Never letting go of the person we love.
Two souls always searching for a path sublime
Connected yet apart, always cognizant of
That to others we will always be, a paradigm.

Ryter Roethicle


Quintella

Definition

This is a Spanish form of eight syllable (Iambic Tetrameter) lines. The rhyming scheme can vary in presentation ie a.a.b.b.a, a.b.b.a.a. etc but only two consecutive lines may have the same rhyme scheme.

Example

In the Example below, the poet uses two couplets and links back to the starting rhyme in this very graphic poem:

a flickering flame, on the wall
the sound of a, coyotes call
the desert winds, singing at night
sandstorms dancing, in the moonlight
embracing lovers, to befall

Pat Bibbs


Here is a lovely example by Sharon where she uses a rhyme scheme of, a.b.b.a.a.

Your quiet cries echo loudly with pain
I feel you suffer in silence
Honest open hearts lend true credence
Comfort found in friendships gained
Toss me the key, let's free your chains

Sharon Mimi