10-line Poem Challenge #27: Ovillejo Poetry


10-line Poem Challenge #27: Ovillejo Poetry

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Sunflower Blooming 

Are flowers blooming for busy bees?
I asked with ease
Who are they growing for please tell?
there is no smell
Can I pick one for duty tour?
For sure, for sure.

Yellow flowers rich manure
their smiling faces enjoy sun
weeding is done by a loved one
I asked with ease, there is no smell, for sure, for sure.

According to Linda, the author of this 10 lined Poem Challenge, the name Ovillejo comes from the word skein and refers to a tightly wound ball of yarn. This is a poem of 10 lines that roll out in measured segments, then goes back and picks up the short threads for the final unraveling.

The 10 lines are organized into two stanzas. The first stanza of six lines is in the form of three rhyming couplets. The first line of each couplet asks a question in 8 syllables (iambic tetrameter, to be precise), and the second line gives a four-syllable answer (iambic diameter). For the record, this is where Cervantes deviated from the rule. His answers had sometimes 3, and other times only 2 syllables, but never 4.

The second stanza is a quatrain of four lines that summarizes or amplifies, the first stanza, with line 10 repeating the three short lines from the first stanza (lines 2,4,6).

 Ovillejo is:

  • A decastich (10-line poem) written in two stanzas, a sestet, and a quatrain.
  • Syllabic Structure: 8-4-8-4-8-4 8-8-8-12
  • Rhythm = trochaic throughout (I personally don’t always hold to this rule.)
  • Meter = tetrameter (lines 1,3,5,7,8,9); dimeter (lines 2,4,6); line 10 = lines 2,4,6 combined
  • Rhyme scheme = aabbcc cddc


    • I wrote it late last night, this morning I realized I had made a mistake writing the last line, I have corrected it, but it does not sound right now, never mind may try writing another one, it is now an easy poetry form to write. Thanks for the comment. Happy days writing.

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  1. This put a smile on my face, Elsie! It never occurred to me before that sunflowers have no scent, but you’re right. As for your form, it is perfect! I love your rhymes! I saw in your other comment that you changed the last line and don’t like it as much now. I think it sounds fine, but I don’t know what you had before. Even some of the masters added a word or two, or slightly changed the construction of the last line. In other words, they don’t always repeat word-for-word the text from lines 2, 4, and 6, and you don’t have to either, just so long as the thought of each of those lines is there.

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