Q is for Quatern


A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme.

line 1
line 2
line 3
line 4

line 5
line 6 (line 1)
line 7
line 8

line 9
line 10
line 11 (line 1)
line 12

line 13
line 14
line 15
line 16 (line 1)

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Waltzing Matilda” by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson: waltzing, drink, catch, billabong, shade, glee, alive, ghost, tree, shoved, pass, come

Queenie is alive and waltzing
Always on the go with such glee
Catch her if you can as she pass
A billabong and she comes back

Under the shade of an old tree
Queenie is alive and waltzing
Not as a ghost but as a girl
Drinking her favourite cola

Children push and shove just because
Just to get where they want to be
Queenie is alive and waltzing
Happy to be with all of them

Waltzing Queenie and all her friends
Playing hide and seek with such joy
Hide behind the tree over there
Queenie is alive and waltzing

(c) ladyleemanila 2019

For: Whirligig 208Q is for Questions (#AtoZChallenge) ,   happy 19th day of Na/GloPoWriMo


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