- a stanza or poem of four lines, usually with alternate rhymes.
Origin of quatrain
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Who was the most erotic poet of the late Renaissance and early Baroque, when the quatrain reached its courtly zenith?Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
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To be sure, he had originally composed this quatrain for Ophelia; but what would you have?A Midnight Fantasy
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In a quatrain the lines which do not rhyme must end on the opposite tone to that of the rhyme.
The Mull in return wrote and presented a quatrain to me inFol.The Bbur-nma in English
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The first quatrain of this poem is inscribed on the Battle Monument at Concord.Poems of American History
The sense may be complete in the couplet, but must be complete in the quatrain.The Revival of Irish Literature
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- a stanza or poem of four lines, esp one having alternate rhymes
C16: from French, from quatre four, from Latin quattuor
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Word Origin and History for quatrain
1580s, from Middle French quatrain "four-line stanza" (16c.), from Old French quatre "four," from Latin quattuor "four" (see four).
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