Couplet, Quatrain & Refrain

By: Harshida Mistry

Couplet

Definition

Two consecutive rhyming lines of poetry


Examples

"Blessed are you whose worthiness gives scope,
Being had, to triumph; being lacked, to hope." (Shakespeare)


"So precious are true friends who lend their ears

and give their time to wipe away sad tears." (Joy Saunders)


"A little learning is a dangerous thing;

Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring." (Pope)


Refrain

Definition

A word phrase, line, or group of lines that is repeated, for effect, several

times in a poem.


Examples

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea. (Poe)


The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep. (Frost)

"Annabel Lee" - Edgar Allan Poe Short Film

Quatrain

Definition

a poem consisting of four lines, or four lines of a poem that can be

considered as a unit.


Examples

Lord of Deceit

Trapped within a haze of fear,

The Lord of Lies does appear.

Clouded by so much that’s wrong,

Truth gets twisted by his song.


Turning love and joy to pain,

Hidden by the falling rain.

Tragedy becomes the norm

When hate and fear begin to form. (King)


Butterfly Pendant

A butterfly pendant of gold and blue

Sparkled with beauty in the blazing sun.

No matter if it were broken or new,

Its breathlessness could not be outdone.


Blissful was the lady who received this gift,

From her sweetheart, a young college boy.

Never again did she feel this kind of lift,

Which had blanketed her with love and joy. . .(summers)

CLASS ACTIVITY - FIND AN EXAMPLE OF A COUPLET REFRAIN OR QUATRAIN

Bibliography

""Annabel Lee" - Edgar Allan Poe Short Film." YouTube. YouTube. Web. 21 Jan. 2015. .


"Couplet Examples." YourDictionary. Web. 21 Jan. 2015. <http://examples.yourdictionary.com/couplet-examples.html>.


"Refrain - Examples in Poetry." Refrain - Examples in Poetry. Web. 21 Jan. 2015. <http://www.examplesinpoetry.com/refrain-poetry-examples-definition>.


"Shadow Poetry - Poetry Types - Quatrain." Shadow Poetry - Poetry Types - Quatrain. Web. 21 Jan. 2015. <http://shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/quatrain.html>.