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He watched the old men gather in the yards,
reflecting on their misbegotten youth
as they hunched over checkers and their cards;
and pondered how aesthetics and the truth
were once pursuits left only to the gods
turned out for trade and trickery in sooth.
That knowledge culled and ransomed in their prime
would only serve their memories with time.
December Form Challenge, 2012 :iconkiwi-damnation::iconprojectdfc:


Ottava rima rhymes abababcc, and numerous medieval and
Renaissance Italian poems were composed in this stanza
pattern. Notable are the long narratives of Bocaccio, such as
the Filostrato, the source for Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde.
It is traditionally done in iambic pentameter. Yeats also used it, which is why it intrigues me.

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MrWootton Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
I feel very "meh" about the last two lines, but I like everything else
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Writer
I am not happy with them, either. Doing this challenge is working my brains to putty...
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MrWootton Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Writer
=P

Who was it said, "a poem is never done, simply abandoned" or something to that effect?
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Oilux Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Writer
Hello! You're wonderful literature has been featured on my Sunday Selects!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate that.
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Oilux Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Writer
You're very welcome.
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j-ricaud Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great piece of work :) i really like it
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate that.
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Shades-Of-Lethe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant...
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks!
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