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. It is an octave divided into two quatrains in either abab abcc or abab ccdd rhyme scheme. A rispetto is usually written in iambic tetrameter (eight syllables per line, in alternating stressed and unstressed syllables).
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.