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Quatrain Definition

Poetry Definition of Quatrain

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.


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.

Top 5 Quatrain Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem How Poetry Began Dietrich, Andrea Quatrainnature, poetry,
Unspoken Words Callus, Paul Quatrainwords,
Premium Member Poem Never Shame a Woman Manassian, Eileen Quatrainpassion, women,
Premium Member Poem Suicide Prevention Dietrich, Andrea Quatraindark, lost love,
Premium Member Poem Love Beyond the Pale Guzzi, Debbie Quatrainabuse, devotion, lost love,

Standard Definition

[n] a stanza of four lines

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Misc. Definitions

\Quat"rain\, n. [F., fr. quatre four, L. quattuor, quatuor. See {Four}.] (Pros.) A stanza of four lines rhyming alternately. --Dryden.

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