A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four. A quatern has four stresses per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme.
”Ocean Waves’ … Pen & Wash – WHB . May 2017
I wish the tide to swallow me whole As though a thief had from me stole My life, but then in guilt forgone His gains, paused, and then moved on.
I’ve had enough of body and soul I wish the tide to swallow me whole For now I see, I realise, Life is too short to compromise.
Decisions hurt but must be made, And so, before my debts are paid I wish the tide to swallow me whole; I’m ready now, I’ve lost control.
No longer can I bear the pain, Resigned to never feel again, Towards the waves I edge my stroll I wish the tide to swallow me whole.
‘The Seashore’ … Pen & Wash – Photoshopped with edge effect … WHB – April 2017