Cordially yours, me on my bike
Laughing on this triumphant day
Cracking jokes on wilted leaves yay
Not denying myself of hike
Go to the gym just to be trim
Stretch and endure to spike
Different and singular my way
Cordially yours, me on my bike*
(c) ladyleemanila 2020
The Octain, full name Octain Refrain, is a form of poetry developed by English poet Luke Prater in December 2010.
It comprises eight lines as two tercets and a couplet, either as octosyllables (counting eight syllables per line), or as iambic tetrameter, whichever is preferable. Trochaic tetrameter also acceptable. The latter yields a more propulsive rhythm, as opposed to iambs, which lilt.
As the name suggests, the first line is a refrain, repeated as the last (some variation of refrain acceptable). Rhyme-scheme as follows –
A = refrain line. c/c refers to line five having midline (internal) rhyme (e.g. here/sneer), which is different to the a- and b-rhymes. The midline rhyme does not have to fall exactly in the middle of the line, in fact it can be more effective and subtle, depending on context, to have it fall earlier or later.