Sicilian Quatrain Notes

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Possibly the most popular quatrain from used within a sonnet since its first use in the 12th century by Giacomo da Lentini. However it is not purely for the use of the sonneteer, the Sicilian Quatrains is commonly used by story tellers and ballad writers.

Traditionally written in 8 or 10 syllable lines, English poets may prefer tetrameter or pentameter, the quatrain consists of alternating end-line rhymes.

The rhyme scheme is: abab cdcd efef and so on

Example

Viking’s Of The Norse by Divena Collins

A Viking ship sailed out to sea
With a full crew of men
Rough and ready sailors they be
Of fifty rowers and ten.

Cast not of fear to waves full high
Nor strong winds that blew
For hurricanes blew from the sky
All was not lost from view.

A Viking horn blew loud and strong
Warning of a high tide flood
The Viking warrior…

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