couplets

Spellwork through Poetry, Lesson 6

December, 2010

Lesson 6: Rhyming Couplets and Quatrains

Couplets are back to back lines which end in similar sounding syllables. Quatrains are two sets of couplets, with one of four rhyming patterns, put together to make a group of four. The four patterns are: AABB, ABAB, ABBA, ABCB.

For example:

A The gloom of a rainy day

A Won’t damper my spirits in May.

B The best things I will ever see

B Is everything that will be me.

A The gloom of a rainy day,

B The best things I will ever see

A Can’t damper my spirits in May

B And everything that will be me

A The gloom of a rainy day,

B The best things I will ever see,

B And everything that will be me,

A Won’t damper my spirits in May.

A On gloom of a rainy day,

B The best things I will ever see,

C All of my failures and my losses,

B Becomes everything that will be me.

Assignment: For this month’s assignment, you will write at least two quatrains (8 lines total). Try to use two different patterns. My suggestion for one of them would be to use the detailed prose you have already written, and just re-arrange your thoughts into poetry lines. Another hint: short quatrains make an elaborate point. They use detailed language to express something but they focus on only ONE point.