Day 8 – In Search of Don Quixote

Today’s prompt: NaPoWriMo’s prompts are getting tougher! Today’s is to write in Ottava Rima form – an Italian form of verse that, in English, generally takes the form of an eight-line stanza of iambic pentameter (“da-DUM” x5). The rhyme scheme is a-b-a-b-a-b-c-c. Ottava Rimas originally had heroic themes, although they were later used for mock heroic themes (which is what I have chosen today).

In Search of Don Quixote

By Angel Dawson

Will there ever be a Don Quixote

Who appears on his steed and fights windmills?

Is there a man to defend chivalry,

Armed to the teeth with romantic novels?

A knight on his horse, Rocinante,

With ideals of love and maidens and thrills.

Don Quixote was but one of a kind

And is best left in the depths of my mind.

Gosh!! That “da-DUM, da-DUM” stress and rhythm can easily get lost if you make a wrong word choice. Given a little more time, I’m sure I could do better, but for now this will have to suffice!

About One Day Closer To My Dream Life

Hi, I'm Angel, and I'm so glad you stopped by. Although Life took me down another road, since childhood I have loved writing and the power of language to evoke feelings and memories, to communicate with the hundreds of people we come into contact with and build relationships with along the way, and to impart ideas with. It's high time that I reunite with my old pleasure and passion, and start writing down all those words that are rushing around aimlessly in my head, jostling with each other to be heard. Sometimes we most fear doing what we love most in case it doesn't work out as we hope, but sometimes we just need to take that chance regardless! Who knows, maybe those words and plots and characters will take me on a journey that others will get to share with me, and lead me one step closer to living my dream life... I hope so!
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2 Responses to Day 8 – In Search of Don Quixote

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  2. Thank you so much! This is all new to me, so I’m slowly learning as I go along. This month is dedicated to poetry as it’s NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) but as from next month I hope to add some short stories and other little entertaining and/or uplifting morsels.

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