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ottava rima

Syllabification: ot·ta·va ri·ma
Pronunciation: /ōˌtävə ˈrēmə
 
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Definition of ottava rima in English:

noun

A form of poetry consisting of stanzas of eight lines of ten or eleven syllables, rhyming abababcc.
Example sentences
  • In the fifth assignment we finally stared metre directly in the face: the assignment was to write a sonnet, terza rima or ottava rima, in iambic pentameter.
  • Shelley composed this playful work of 78 stanzas in ottava rima within the space of three days.
  • The portrait also contains sheets of simulated verse to emphasize that he specialized in terza rima and ottava rima.

Origin

late 18th century: from Italian, literally 'eighth rhyme'.

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