Common Octave Notes

A variation to Common Measure is the Common Octave, a stanza form consisting of eight lines with alternating meter. Lines 1,3, 5, and 7 are iambic tetrameter or octosyllabic and lines 2, 4, 6, and 8 are iambic trimeter or six syllables. Lines 2, 4, 6 and 8 also rhyme. This gives the following rhyme scheme:

abcbdbeb fghgigjg and so on.

Example: Give all to love by Terry Clitheroe

Tonight our love reached so far
I'm reminded there's nothing,
Each time we love, we raise the bar
Nothing we can't do, loving.
There is no test or call from afar
For true love seals anything
Give all to love follow your star.
So hearken to its ring!

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