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  1. Tinker

    VIII Eight Line Construction

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Frame VIII. Eight Line Construction An eight-line poetic unit has a musical term, the octave or octet as well as the Greek term octastich. The octave or octet is an eight-line stanza usually written adjacent to other uniform stanzas. (The term octet is often used when referring to the 8 line stanza along with the sestet or six-line stanza of the sonnet.) It is used synonymously with the octastich however octastich is technically reserved for a stand-alone eight-line poem. Obviously, 2 quatrains without stanza break appear as an octave. How
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