Definitions for "Ottava rima"
Keywords:  abababcc, stanza, rhyme, byron, heroic
A stanza of eight lines of heroic verse, with three rhymes, the first six lines rhyming alternately and the last two forming a couplet. It was used by Byron in "Don Juan," by Keats in "Isabella," by Shelley in "The Witch of Atlas," etc.
a stanza of eight lines of heroic verse with the rhyme scheme abababcc
An eight-line stanza of Poetry composed in iambic pentameter (a five- Foot line in which each foot consists of an un accent ed syllable followed by an accented syllable), following the abababcc rhyme scheme. This form has been prominently used by such important English writers as Lord Byron, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and W. B. Yeats.