SICILIAN QUATRAIN

A very popular quatrain consisting two rhymed couplets giving a suggested pattern of:

x x x x x x x x x a
x x x x x x x x x b
x x x x x x x x x a
x x x x x x x x x b
Add two together with the same rhyme scheme and we have a Sicilian Octave, which is the base for a Petrarchan sonnet. Here is example by Edmund Spencer
"Amoretti Sonnet 1"


Happy ye leaues when as those lilly hands,
which hold my life in their dead doing might
shall handle you and hold in loues soft bands,
lyke captiues trembling at the victors sight.
And happy lines, on which with starry light,
those lamping eyes will deigne sometimes to look
and reade the sorrowes of my dying spright,
written with teares in harts close bleeding book.

Add two together with a different rhyme scheme and we have the basic octave for a Shakespeare sonnet
XVIII


Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;

However, most importantly it can be used as a single stanza or to construct a story, similar to the Glosa below;
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain


"In the twilight glow I see her
Blue eyes crying in the rain
When we kissed goodbye and parted
I knew we'd never meet again"


In the twilight glow I see her
Clouded skies have hid the sun
Knowing she has gone forever
I don't regret what we'd begun.

Blue eyes crying in the rain
I know I must go on, still
How I wish I could stop the pain
But I love her and always will.

When we kissed goodbye and parted
As you lay there in my arms
I will always be broken hearted
Ever faithful to your charms

I knew we'd never meet again
But in my soul you have remained
Knowing we will meet in Heaven
And will have our love reclaimed.






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