Quatrain


Definition of Quatrain:
A stanza of four lines.



Example of Quatrain #1:

From:
Hope is the Thing with Feathers, by Emily Dickinson

"Hope" is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all,



Example of Quatrain #2:


He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there's some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.



Example of Quatrain #3:

From:

Tyger, tyger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?



Quatrain Poem



Quatrain poetry:
  • Definition of quatrain
  • Examples of quatrain
  • Examples of authors using quatrain
  • Explanation of how quatrain is used



Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices like quatrain helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of quatrain, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 


Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices like quatrain.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

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Quatrain


See also:    Cinquain