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Learn the QUATERN poetry form.

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Writers' Circle Newsletter

Issue #131: June 14th, 2004



(To read back issues of the Writers’ Circle Newsletter, see "WC Newsletter Back Issues.)



QUATERN Poetry Form



SAY WHAT?

It’s pronounced “kwa turn”.


BRIEF HISTORY

Quatern is Latin for “four at a time”. It is a French form, most likely from the end of the Middle Ages.


MUST HAVES

Four stanzas with four lines each. Ah, now the name makes sense. It has eight syllables per line and uses the first line as a refrain. The placement of this refrain in each stanza is interesting, as you will see in the example.

line 1
line 2
line 3
line 4

line 5
line 1 repeated
line 7
line 8

line 9
line 10
line 1 repeated
line 12

line 13
line 14
line 15
line 1 repeated


COULD HAVES

Pick a rhyme scheme or choose to have none at all. There is no set theme or subject matter.



RedWritingHood♡WDC


Next week’s newsletter will be brought to you by a couple of dads in a hammock parade and the wonderfully witty Nikolalala Library Lady .



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Featured Poetry From Members:



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 Reflected Images  [E]
Words are but reflected images.
by Vivian



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Featured QUATERNS and French Poetry From Non-Members:


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The walk is long, but I am surviving (a French Triolet)
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This is a French format, the Huitain. I hope you enjoy it!
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Writing Prompt:



Try a QUATERN about quarters... Or french fries!

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Featured Quote


The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!'

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)


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Recommended Reading, Groups and Forums:



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A Poet's Tool Box  [E]
Tools for the trade.
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Issue #131
6/14/2004
Edited by: RedWritingHood♡WDC

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