Ottava rima

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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,[1] mock-heroic epic. Byron used it for his Don Juan, also in the light-hearted, impetuous style.

  1. Reynolds, B, (trans). Orlando Furioso. Penguin Classics. 1975