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On Ottava Rimas (theory & practice)

         
THEORY            
             
1.   The rhyming scheme is very clear      (a)            
2.   three times a-b, a-b, a-b                        (b)      
3.   the final pair of lines change gear      (a)            
4.   a rhyming couplet, -c- and -c-               (b)        
5.   Ottava Rima was quite dear                  (a)          
6.   to lots of Byron’s poems; he                  (b)          
7.   for Don Juan would choose it well      (c)            
8.   and Yeats too - as far as I can tell.      (c)            
             
(NB: Ottava Rima is a stanza form for longer poems)            
             
             
             
PRACTICE            
             
Car Chase            
             
The get-away car races through the night            
chased by cops, tyres squealing down the streets;            
late-night shoppers stare gobsmacked at the sight            
they see as the chased car easily beats            
the lights which go red as cop-cars crash right            
into a big truck - well, Hollywood treats            
film-goers to adrenalin-packed scenes            
munching pop-corn and upping dopamine.      
 
Josh
Written by Josh
Published | Edited 15th Dec 2018
Author's Note
Number 5 in a series of poems on various poetic forms. (Previous ones were: On Triolets, Free Verse Poems, Limericks, and Quaterns).
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