Welcome! This is Frank Hubeny. The form today is Ottava rima, an old Italian form consisting of multiple stanzas each of eight lines using iambic meter and having the rhyme pattern abababcc.
Although one can go on and on indefinitely with ottava rima stanzas, for this challenge let’s limit the number of stanzas to four or less. One stanza would do. It can be on any topic you want.
Here’s the procedure.
- Write your ottava rima poem of 1 to 4 stanzas,
- post it on your blog and
- put the link to your blog post in the Mister Linky below.
- Comment below if you have linked something or have some question about ottava rima. I may not know the answer but it will be fun to try to find one.
- And don’t forget to read and comment on the other poems that others have linked. We all get to know each other better that way.
and so to bed i go this night
and lay my head on pillow soft
to sleep perchance without a fright
and stay away from that which oft
has led me to this weary plight
at which my mind has mostly scoffed
that demons which patrol my head
are real as real can be the dead