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quatrain in Literature topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishquatrainquat‧rain /ˈkwɒtreɪn $ ˈkwɑː-/ noun [countable] technical  ALa group of four lines in a poem
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quatrainHousman's style is no less vulnerable to the distortions of the rhymed quatrain.He uses rhymed quatrains in equivalence to the strophic pattern evident in Horace's poem.The rhythm slows down in the second quatrain where the s sounds begin to accumulate.Like the quatrain poems it is funny at the same time as serious.The quatrain poems give the lie to that.The quatrains follow the progress of a child from his fortuitous birth to his first conscious communication with others.