39. Rispetto

Yes, this poetic form is Italian. I have taken a liking to Italian poetic forms over the years.

A rispetto is usually about love, since its name means “respect” for a loved one[1]. It is an octave divided into two quatrains in either abab abcc or abab ccdd rhyme scheme[2]. A rispetto is usually written in iambic tetrameter (eight syllables per line, in alternating stressed and unstressed syllables)[3].

All men play a strange double game:
Tugging and pulling to keep hold
Of sanity—ending selfsame.
The Other, merciless, mad. Cold.

I run to the end of this life,
With ice in the form of a knife—
When no hope dare remain. No hope.
The Other and I, with Death, elope.


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20 thoughts on “39. Rispetto

    • Thanks for dropping by! :)

      Some forms have similar rules and structures, though, and differ in particular themes. Some ballad forms have the same rhyme scheme as the rispetto, so you may have been writing ballads and not necessarily rispettos.

      Cheers! :)

    • Thank you for dropping by! :)

      I loved your poem as well. I’ve been having trouble with commenting on Blogger, and I don’t know why. Anyway, I found “Just a Tiny Brushstroke” wonderful, and it’s a great start to my day. :)

  1. It is an interesting and thoughtful poem and makes one think that men are always trying to be strong even when they do not feel it and it can be a struggle. Life is not simple and we do not fit into tiny little neat boxes all lined up in a row.

    Thanks ever so much for playing in this weeks Theme Thursday Double. I hope you had a lot of fun and will come back and play again.

    God bless.

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