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A Little Man Trying To Be Big

An Ottava Rima

By Denise E LindquistPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
A Little Man Trying To Be Big
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With an Italian origin, the earliest known ottava rima were written by Giovanni Boccaccio. In English, Lord Byron used the form to write Don Juan. More contemporary English poets to use the form include William Butler Yeats and Kenneth Koch.

Ottava rima are 8 lines with an abababcc rhyme scheme, most commonly written in iambic pentameter (or 10-syllable lines). The form can work as a stand alone poem, or be used as connecting stanzas. Writer's Digest, Robert Brewer

My attempt at an Ottava Rima:

A little man pretended to be big

he was the dancingest fool, some had said.

So sure of himself, he would do a jig

and no qualms about standing on his head.


He got himself landed in the darn brig.

His woman said, “Must not want to be wed!

Oh well, ‘there are many fish in the sea’

there will always be someone else for me!”


Published by Mercury Press in medium.com

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About the Creator

Denise E Lindquist

I am married with 7 children, 27 grands, and 12 great-grandchildren. I am a culture consultant part-time. I write A Poem a Day in February for 8 years now. I wrote 4 - 50,000 word stories in NaNoWriMo. I write on Vocal/Medium weekly.

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  • Babs Iverson4 months ago

    Fabulous motivational poem!!! Loving the eight lines and loving three rhyming scheme!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Oooo, I really liked the rhyme scheme of this format! Your poem was very uplifting! I loved it!

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