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!