"Octave" is the general term for a poem of eight lines, or an eight-line stanza of a longer poem. Octave can also refer to a more specific form of eight-line stanza following a rhyme scheme of a. a. b. b. c. c. d. d.Know More
An example of another specific subset of the octave form includes common or "hymnal" octave, with a rhyme scheme of a. b. c. b. a. b. c. b., iambic tetrameter on a. lines and iambic trimeter on b. lines.
The octave is most commonly associated with the sonnet form of poetry, but it appears frequently in a variety of rhymed and free verse.Learn more about Poetry
The line "for whom the bell tolls" is in a poem by John Donne, a poet who lived during the 16th and 17th centuries. Ernest Hemingway had his famous book of the same name published in 1940, so he would have gotten the title from Donne. The heavy metal band Metallica also pays tribute to the phrase with a literary adaptation that has long been considered a fan favorite.Full Answer >
The “if you sprinkle when you tinkle” poem is designed to remind people to wipe the seat clean of urine that splashes about when using the toilet. The poem has different variations that end with “… be a sweetie and wipe the seat(ie)” or “… please be neat and wipe the seat.” Although the poem is well-known, according to Giggle Poetry, the origin of the poem is not known.Full Answer >
"Don't Quit" is an inspirational poem about the value of pressing on in the face of adversity. Its author is unknown, although there are many theories as to who wrote it.Full Answer >
"Nutting" by William Wordsworth recalls a day spent gathering nuts in the woods as a boy. The boy revels in his surroundings, enjoying the beauty of the forest--but before he leaves, he drags a tree branch crashing to the ground to harvest the nuts. This violation of the pristine grove ruins the whole scene, leaving the poet feeling troubled and guilty.Full Answer >