Octave


Definition of poetry term:
An eight-line unit which can constitute a stanza or a section of a poem, as in the octave of a sonnet.



Example of Octave #1:


For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.



Example of Octave #2:

Take, o Take Those Lips Away, by William Shakespeare

Take, O take those lips away,
        That so sweetly were forsworn;
    And those eyes, the break of day,
        Lights that do mislead the morn:
    But my kisses bring again,
            bring again,
    Seals of love, but seal'd in vain,
            seal'd in vain.


Example of Octave #3:

What Is Life?, By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Resembles Life what once was held of Light,
Too ample in itself for human sight?
An absolute Self, an element ungrounded
All, that we see, all colours of all shade
    By encroach of darkness made?
Is very life by consciousness unbounded?
And all the thoughts, pains, joys of mortal breath,
A war-embrace of wrestling Life and Death?




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Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices such as octave helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of octave, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 

Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices like octave.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

Slideshow:    Octave

Octave Video



Octave Poem

See also:    Stanza/ Verse