ITALIAN QUATRAIN

This form consists of an envelope rhyme preferably using iambic pentameter. This gives a suggested pattern of:

x x x x x x x x x a
x x x x x x x x x b
x x x x x x x x x b
x x x x x x x x x a



Freedom in Form

Old Petrarch introduced Italian styles;
his sonnets and quatrains inspired Will-
whose poetry in turn, caused hearts to thrill.
Each line runs on five iambic feet- beguiles.

His rhyme scheme is enveloping, it smiles,
a-b-b-a, as end words flow, fulfill
the parameterís prescribed course and drill;
yet form does not constrict, itís versatile.

Leny Roovers





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