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Quatrain
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     Do you know how to count in Spanish? The Spanish word for four is cuatro [KWAH-troh]. Quatrain [KWAH-train] is not a Spanish word, but both words are related to the Latin word for four. A quatrain is a four-lined, rhyming poem or stanza.
 
2     Quatrains have several possible rhyme schemes. The first is designed as two couplets joined together with the a a b b pattern. Other rhyme patterns are a b a b, a b b a, and a b c b. There is no set number of beats required for a quatrain. You just need to make sure that you have a rhythmic pattern. You also need to come up with a title for your quatrain. Here are a few examples with the end rhymes highlighted:
 
3     
 WEATHER RHYME
Author unknown

 
Evening red and morning gray,      a
Set the traveler on his way,      a
But evening gray and morning red,      b
Bring the rain upon his head.      b


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