NaPoWriMo Day 8 ~ Ottava Rima ~ Angels Above ~

Because it’s the 8th, I thought we might try writing in ottava rima — an Italian form that, in English, usually takes the form of an eight-line stanza of iambic pentameter, with a rhyme scheme of a-b-a-b-a-b-c-c. The most famous poem in English that uses the ottava rima form is probably Byron’s Don Juan. If you haven’t read it, it’s wickedly funny! It’s really amazing how contemporary Byron’s language is — it’s like he’s your mean-girl friend just gossiping at you in verse. But unlike Byron, you don’t have to write an entire epic in ottava rima! Just eight lines will do for now. Happy writing!

Ottava Rima for the 8th 

8 lines for  Day 8  ~  NaPoWriMo ~Angels Above

Angels above to the left to the right ,

all over and beneath ordained eternally alight in regions

of sorrow and darkness visible, in waning yellow light,

gathering to protect risk takers in  dangerous  legions,

in utter silence surrendering, rearranging ranks

absolute lull , vast windows extend their heavy planks

boundless from edge to edge swing wide and wise

for the host of a hundred thousand grand, upright they rise

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