4. Quatern

I must admit I find it odd how quickly I am to fall in love with poetic forms that make use of repetitions one way or another. And the quatern is no different.

This 16-line poetic form is composed of 4 quatrain, with a rhyme scheme of ABAB BRBA ABRB BABR, where R is the refrain (the repetition of the first line of the first stanza). Alternatively, some quaterns need only to have a refrain but no rhyme scheme or be in iambic tetrameter.

Dances to the Ends of the World

She danced to the ends of the world;
Even as she stopped, no one knew,
No one bothered as she unfurled
Her fragile glass fingers adieu.

Her journey ended not askew;
She danced to the ends of the world.
Even as she fell, her rage did accrue,
And the gales she let uncurled.

And as she did, the world it twirled;
As, of the events, it had no purview.
She danced to the ends of the world,
And now the Earth must pay for its miscue.

Even as she stopped, no one knew—
Not of her worth or beauty furled.
Not even as she makes anew.
She dances to the ends of the world.

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