Ottava rima
Each ottava rima stanza in English consists of 8 iambic lines, usually iambic pentameters. The rhyming scheme for each stanza is a-b-a-b-a-b-c-c. The form is similar to the older Sicilian octave, but evolved separately and is unrelated.
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Dale Gregory Cozart posted Sep 21 at 2:30 pm
At first you were a shadow in the dark
where shadows never lurk, but there you were,
a bah relief of black on black, an arc

cast by the beating of a heart that stirs
from fonts of hope eternal, as a lark
trills in the daylight when my senses purr

and keep on swooning when the lapis grows
and weds an onyx mate in true love's throes.

And then your shadow moved across my g
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recent by John Richard Anderson  ·  Sep 21 at 6:19 pm
© 2017 John Richard Anderson

Down under the sea it's frolic time free.
Fiddler crabs play jigs, lolling, lively lilts.
Cockles flap up to clang their symbols with glee.
Angelfish, halos askew, sing in kilts.
Octopuses play jazz in harmony.
Shrimps a dancing, rocking attune on stilts.
Anemones tentacles wave in surge,
as tide and current roll rhythms and submerge.

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