GRANADA CAMP FOR WAYWARD POETS – THE LAKE: OTTAVA RIMA (Form)
July 16 – Bordering the south ridge of cabins in our complex, we find serenity in the guise of Lake Granada. That is your inspiration today. Write a lake poem, or around a lake, something “lake-like”. And of course being Wednesday (we got off easy last week) our form for our lake poems uses the Ottava Rima.
OTTAVA RIMA is a rhyming stanza form of Italian origin. Originally used for long poems on heroic themes, it later came to be popular in the writing of mock-heroic works.
The ottava rima stanza in English consists of eight iambic lines, usually iambic pentameters. Each stanza consists of three alternate rhymes and one double rhyme, following the a-b-a-b-a-b-c-c pattern. The form is similar to the older Sicilian octave, but evolved separately and is unrelated.
STAYING ON THE TRAIL