General Poetry posted February 28, 2017


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Ottava Rima

The Lotus Blossom

by Just2Write

Ottawa Rima Contest Winner 



Behold the lotus on the tranquil pond.
We nary give a thought to what we see.
Perhaps some fairy waved a magic wand
to grow this bloom in all its majesty;
but deep within the water is a bond
where earth and root are joined in mud's debris
and from that humble start, a plant has grown;
no living thing achieves its goals alone.









Writing Prompt
Write an Ottava Rima.

A Ottava Rima is a poem written in 8-line octives. Each line is of a 10 or 11 syllable count in the following rhyme:

one octive poem. abababcc
two octive poem. abababcc, dededeff
three octive poem. abababcc, dededeff, ghghghii

...so on and so on

In this contest, there is a two octive maximum.

Example:
He is There

When sorrow lies entrenched within your heart
And doubts, like ocean waves, around you churn,
When chaos reigns o?er life and won?t depart
And for the peace of yesterday you yearn,
When evil thoughts are tearing you apart
And there is nowhere left for you to turn,
When dark of night persists throughout your day,
It?s time to fall upon your knees and pray.

For God is there, He?s always by your side,
He is your life?s companion and your friend,
He?s with you through each bitter storm you ride,
From morn?s first light to sunset at day?s end.
You must give up your bitterness and pride
And to your Lord extend your hand again.
He only wants for you to ask Him in
And you will be forgiven for your sin.

Copyright © 2003 Linda Newman

Ottawa Rima
Contest Winner

Recognized


Ottava Rima: The ottava rima form is written in 8 line stanzas (Octaves) with each line having 10 syllables in iambic pentameter. Feminine rhyme (5 1/2 iambs) is permitted. The rhyme scheme is abababcc. If the poem has more than one stanza, then the next stanza would be dededeff, the 3rd would be ghghghii, and so on, depending on the number of stanzas. The most famous example of this Italian form in English poetry is Lord Byron's Don Juan. Byron's poem has dozens of stanzas

The lotus is a flower that is a religious symbol to some. It represents life, fertility, majesty, beauty and grace. The plant is fully edible - so it is not only beautiful, it sustains life for many of earth's inhabitants.


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