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Meaning of OTTAVA RIMA

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a stanza of eight lines of heroic verse with the rhyme scheme abababcc
 
 See Also: stanza

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ot*ta"va ri"ma\ [It. See {Octave}, and {Rhyme}.]
(Pros.)
A stanza of eight lines of heroic verse, with three rhymes,
the first six lines rhyming alternately and the last two
forming a couplet. It was used by Byron in ``Don Juan,'' by
Keats in ``Isabella,'' by Shelley in ``The Witch of Atlas,''
etc.

 

 

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