Immersed in the ghost of the past
Castle reflected over sea
Radiantly alone with a plea
Taste of drama that is so vast
My idol, my shrine that is mine
A flickering line as I passed
As I meander by the quay
Immersed in the ghost of the past*
(c) ladyleemanila 2022
- 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.