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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Spanish Verse The Octava Real is the Spanish version of the Ottava Rima. This 14th century stanzaic form, like its Italian counterpart, is a narrative, often telling the story of important events. The elements of the Octava Real are: stanzaic, written in any number of octaves. hendecasyllabic, written in 11 syllable lines. rhymed, abababcc. a narrative, tells a story.