Ottava rima is a stanzaic form originating in Italy. It is normally in iambic pentameters and the rhyme scheme is abababcc. Its best known use is probably in the Orlando Furioso of Ariosto, a light-hearted, mock-heroic epic. Byron used it for his Don Juan, also in the light-hearted, impetuous style.
- Reynolds, B, (trans). Orlando Furioso. Penguin Classics. 1975