|The quatern is a French verse form. It is comprised of sixteen lines divided into four quatrains. Each line is eight syllables long. The first line is repeated as a refrain in a different position in subsequent quatrains: second line in the second, third line in the third, and fourth line in the fourth. There is no fixed meter or rhyme scheme.
A quatern is easy to write.
The home of the verse form is France;
Though eight beats per line may seem tight,
Whatever the purpose or theme,
It's Saturnalia in Rome.
Smiles appear on children's faces...
It's time for gifts like weighty tome
Those cries of "Io!" from merry throng
Aelia's teeth are now missing,
She lost her four teeth two by two.
"No point in your reminiscing!"
Now Senex has done it again,