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

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Premium Member Poem How Poetry Began Dietrich, Andrea Quatrainnature, poetry,
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Premium Member Poem Never Shame a Woman Manassian, Eileen Quatrainpassion, women,
Premium Member Poem Love Beyond the Pale Guzzi, Debbie Quatrainabuse, devotion, lost love,
Premium Member Poem Cup of Empty Lamoureux, Richard Quatrainaddiction, adventure, beautiful, dream,

Standard Definition

[n] a stanza of four lines

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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