A quatrain is a stanza with four lines and a rhyme scheme.
The rhyme scheme can have many variations. While a quatrain is only one verse, a quatrain poem can contain any number of quatrains.
Wikihow has the following great set of steps to help you write your quatrain.
1. Read examples of quatrains:
2. Choose a subject for your poem.
3. Choose a rhyme scheme. Common rhyme schemes for a quatrain are: ABAB, ABCD.
An example of ABAB rhyme scheme would be:
A: Ol’ King Cole rules the the 7th grade hall
B: The kids hide and tremble in fear
A: He bellows, shouts and chides them all
B: When they’re tardy or talking at DEAR
4. Start writing. Use this link for a rhyming dictionary to help if you get stuck on rhymes.
- The first line is the base of your poem because they don’t have to rhyme with anything yet. Start with this.
- Brain storm a list of words that rhyme with the last word of the line you’ve written, but try to find ones that can be related to your topic.
- The first line is always called “A” so check the rhyme scheme you’ve chosen and see where the line that rhymes with A (also called A) fits into your poem.
5. Read your stanza aloud to check it flows naturally. At this point you may need to change the amount of syllables in each line or choose different words in order to have the best possible quatrain.
HOMEWORK: WRITE A QUATRAIN AND POST IT IN THE COMMENTS