INFORM POET – QUATERN

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 revolves to 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 fourth line of stanza four.
  • A quatern usually has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic, or follow a specific rhyme scheme.

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WALT’S EXAMPLES:

IN A POET’S HEART IS BEAUTY

In a poet’s heart is beauty,
it is through a sense of duty
that a true poet will express
what all poetic hearts possess.

This fact one cannot refute, see;
in a poet’s heart is beauty.
Romantic words to rend his soul,
the feelings wrought will not control

the depth of expression within.
To deny this muse is a sin.
In a poet’s heart is beauty.
Lightness of words, sad or moody,

bring delight to such expression.
They lift souls from their depression
never sounding harsh or haughty,
in a poet’s heart is beauty.

© Walter J Wojtanik

 

IN THE EVENING, WHEN DAY IS THROUGH

In the evening, when day is through,
the sun retreats to a place where
slumber awaits her brilliant hue.
Night is her time to seek repose.

And so, in her tired escape,
in the evening when day is through,
star-crossed lovers beneath the moon
hold each other ever so close

and share their dreams. It always seems
that it draws out a kiss or two
in the evening, when day is through.
Seductive sounds surround them so.

Yet sounds, like sunsets, seek repose
as morning approaches once more.
But to be sure, romance returns
in the evening, when day is through.

© Walter J Wojtanik – 2020