quatrain

noun
qua·train | \ˈkwä-ˌtrān, kwä-ˈtrān\

Definition of quatrain 

: a unit or group of four lines of verse

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This example stitches poem (identified by the frame of quatrains) to prose (identified by the four lines inhabited by Absence). Lauren Russell, New York Times, "Poem: Dream-Clung, Gone," 13 Oct. 2017 Kazemi, working under the name Tiny Subversions, also created the Harry Potter-themed , which generated rhyming quatrains that placed followers into a Hogwarts house. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, "Introducing the New Yorker Poetry Bot," 6 Mar. 2017 Here is the first quatrain of that poem: That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. The New Yorker, "Encounters with Shakespeare," 23 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of quatrain

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quatrain

Middle French, from quatre four, from Latin quattuor

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quatrain

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quatrain

: a poem or verse that has four lines

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