Queasy About Quaterns

Every once in a while I like to experiment with a new (to me) form. Today, it’s the quatern.

Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides Blog, which is holding a quatern contest, describes the form as follows:

Quatern Poetic Form Rules

1. This poem has 16 lines broken up into 4 quatrains (or 4-line stanzas).
2. Each line is comprised of eight syllables.
3. The first line is the refrain. In the second stanza, the refrain appears in the second line; in the third stanza, the third line; in the fourth stanza, the fourth (and final) line.
4. There are no rules for rhyming or iambics.

Here’s the quatern I submitted to WD’s contest:

Queasy About Quaterns
By Madeleine Begun Kane

As I attempt to write this verse,
I must confess I start to curse.
A quatern is what’s been assigned.
Already I am in a bind.

I feel confused and somewhat terse,
As I attempt to write this verse.
So please forgive me if I whine.
My limericks are where I shine.

I’d like to stop, but can’t refrain
From trying this quatern again.
As I attempt to write this verse,
I fear that it is getting worse.

I’m tempted to reject this form.
About its rules I feel lukewarm.
I’m getting ill. I need a nurse,
As I attempt to write this verse.

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7 Responses to “Queasy About Quaterns”

  1. Andy Sewina says:

    Yeah, well done, this sure looks like fun!

  2. A good response to a tricky form!

  3. scott says:

    That’s neat Mad. Well done! It’s somewhat a variation on a pantoum. Clever.

  4. Claudsy says:

    Oh, this is fine, just fine. Fun and reads close to that of a limerick. I think it has to do with the syllabic pacing.

    Great job, Mad!

  5. madkane says:

    Thanks so much everyone for your kind comments!

  6. Rachel says:

    LOL. This was a really fun read! What a cute way to experiment with a new form. Thanks for introducing me to it. :)

  7. {smile} i really enjoyed this!