"Octave" is the general term for a poem of eight lines, or an eight-line stanza of a longer poem. Octave can also refer to a more specific form of eight-line stanza following a rhyme scheme of a. a. b. b. c. c. d. d.Continue Reading
An example of another specific subset of the octave form includes common or "hymnal" octave, with a rhyme scheme of a. b. c. b. a. b. c. b., iambic tetrameter on a. lines and iambic trimeter on b. lines.
The octave is most commonly associated with the sonnet form of poetry, but it appears frequently in a variety of rhymed and free verse.Learn more about Poetry
A group of lines in a poem is called a stanza. When a poem is divided into stanzas, each section is connected to the others through a rhythmic and often thematic pattern. Stanzas are often divided by blank lines.Full Answer >
The best way to analyze William Cullen Bryant's poem "To a Waterfowl" is by looking at each stanza individually – and then as a whole. The poem is an affirmation of the poet's belief in God and an afterlife in Heaven. The poem catalogs the flight of a bird across the sky as it is guided by the unseen hand of God.Full Answer >
One inspiring excerpt from a spiritual poem for women is this stanza from M.S. Lowndes' "Arise, Woman of God": "Arise in your God-given gifts/ For this is your finest hour/ Arise in the Lord's holy might, /Ignited and empowered." The poem urges women to be strong and spread God's word.Full Answer >
The term fixed form poem, also known as closed-form poem, simply means that the verse follows a specific or fixed way of being written. Examples of this form include sonnets, haikus, villanelles or limericks. These have rigid structures of meters, stanzas and rhyme schemes. An example of a haiku written by Matshuo Basho is: “An old silent pond ... frog jumps into the pond, splash! Silence again."Full Answer >