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a stanza or poem of four lines, esp one having alternate rhymes



an individual stanza of four lines. The rhyming pattern in a quatrain is abab (alternating rhyme), aabb (plain rhyme), or abba (enclosing rhyme). Persian poetry and its imitations use the form aaba, and less frequently, aaaa.

The quatrain is used for inscriptions, epitaphs, epigrams, and apothegms. The four-line stanzas of sonnets are also called quatrains. The following poem by F. I. Tiutchev is an example of a quatrain as an independent verse:

Nam ne dano preduagadat’
Kak slovo nashe otzovetsia—
I nam sochuvstvie daetsia,
kak nam daetsia blagodaV …
We are not given to foresee
What reaction our words will cause—
So we are given sympathy
As if we were given divine grace….

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