quatrain


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quat·rain

 (kwŏt′rān′, kwŏ-trān′)
n.
A stanza or poem of four lines.

[French, from Old French, from quatre, four, from Latin quattuor; see kwetwer- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

quatrain

(ˈkwɒtreɪn)
n
(Poetry) a stanza or poem of four lines, esp one having alternate rhymes
[C16: from French, from quatre four, from Latin quattuor]

quat•rain

(ˈkwɒ treɪn)

n.
a stanza or poem of four lines, usu. with alternate rhymes.
[1575–85; < French, =quatre four (< Latin quattuor) + -ain < Latin -ānus -an1]

quatrain

A group of four lines, usually rhymed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quatrain - a stanza of four lines
elegiac stanza - a quatrain in iambic pentameter with abab rhyme scheme
heroic stanza - a quatrain consisting of two heroic couplets written in an elevated style; the rhyme scheme is abab
stanza - a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
Translations
katren

quatrain

[ˈkwɒtreɪn] Ncuarteto m, estrofa f de cuatro versos

quatrain

nVierzeiler m
References in classic literature ?
Some will perhaps think that they detect in the first quatrain an indication of a lost line, which later rhapsodists, failing in imaginative vigour, have supplied by the feeble device of iteration.
During the first and second quatrain, sung decidedly forte, no can was filled.
But now, immediately before the third quatrain or chorus, sung fortissimo, with emphatic raps of the table, which gave the effect of cymbals and drum together, Alick's can was filled, and he was bound to empty it before the chorus ceased.
He thought he had caught Pellisson, but the latter escaped him; he turned towards Sorel, who had, himself, just composed a quatrain in honor of the supper, and the Amphytrion.
The idea of the last quatrain is also very effective.
Two other very plausible explanations exist: First, the great flaming star, a foot broad, and a cubit high, which fell from heaven, as every one knows, upon the law courts, after midnight on the seventh of March; second, Théophile's quatrain,--
Wyatt, it should be observed, generally departs from the Petrarchan rime-scheme, on the whole unfortunately, by substituting a third quatrain for the first four lines of the sestet.
In his sonnets he abandoned the form followed by Wyatt and adopted (still from the Italian) the one which was subsequently used by Shakspere, consisting of three independent quatrains followed, as with Wyatt, by a couplet which sums up the thought with epigrammatic force, thus:
Possibly I recited with a certain joyous lilt which was my own, for--his memory was good, and at a second rendering, very often the first, he made a quatrain his own--he recited the same lines and invested them with an unrest and passionate revolt that was well- nigh convincing.
I was interested as to which quatrain he would like best, and was not surprised when he hit upon the one born of an instant's irritability, and quite at variance with the Persian's complacent philosophy and genial code of life:
What remains of his verse mostly takes the form of quatrains, yet for originality of thought, wealth of imagery and style, they have seldom been excelled.
20) The first quatrain is marked by a gradual change in the proportion of folly stressed lines.