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Poetry Terms Beginning With 'Q'

Poetry Terms - q. This is a comprehensive resource of poetry terms beginning with the letter q.


Poetry Terminology by Letter


Qasida

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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.


Qawwali

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


Quantity

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In classical verse, the time required to pronounce a syllable. The Greeks and Romans classified syllables as either 'short' or 'long' and this provided the basis for their metrical patterns. In English verse, however, quantity is important but is not the only consideration - as syllable length is often determined by the position in the line and also by tonic accent.


Quatern

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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)


Quatorzain

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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.


Quatrain

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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.


Questionku

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3 lines
4 5 6
Ending with a question


Quintain (English)

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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.


Quintain (Sicilian)

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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.


Quintella

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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.


Quintet

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(or Quintain) A poem, unit or stanza of five lines of verse.


Quintet (Quintain)

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A poem, unit or stanza of five lines of verse.