A quatrain is a type of stanza, or a complete poem, consisting of four lines.
Existing in a variety of forms, the quatrain appears in poems from the poetic traditions of various ancient civilizations including Ancient India, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and China, and continues into the 21st century, where it is seen in works published in many languages.
During Europe's Dark Ages, in the Middle East and especially Iran, polymath poets such as Omar Khayyam continued to popularize this form of poetry, also known as Ruba'i, well beyond their borders and time.
Michel de Nostredame (Nostradamus) used the quatrain form to deliver his famous prophecies in the 16th century.
There are fifteen possible rhyme schemes, but the most traditional and common are: AAAA, ABAB, and ABBA.
I would like to thank The Wattpad Wizard cchinu for inspiring me to start my own 4 line poetry collection, inspired by his lovely book (4-liners)... Please check out his awesome work. You won't regret it.
I hope you enjoy reading and hopefully sharing your own 4 lines as well.