The word quatrain comes from Latin and French words meaning "four." Like a quarter is ¼ of a dollar The quatrain is a poem or stanza of four lines. It is a popular form of poetry.
The verse normally has a specific rhyming scheme.
A few examples of a quatrain rhyming scheme's are as follows:
- aaba, bbcb, ccdc, dddd -- chain rhyme
- abba -- envelope rhyme
Sometimes it is spelt quartain (from French. quatre, four). The length or measure of the verse is not important, but they must be bound together by the rhyme-arrangement. This form has always been popular for use in the composition of epigrams.
Nostradamus referred to the ten chapters of his book as "the centuries". Each of the chapters contain 100 prophetic quatrains, except for Century VII, which has 42, for a total of 942 prophecies.