When I found that book waiting on the shelf,
I found myself.
I was barely through the cover embossed
When I got lost.
I was caught and drawn in on a hook
In a book.
As the day wore on, other things forsook,
For the author seemed to know me well;
In her story I my own could tell—
I found myself when I got lost in a book.
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Ovillejo— a Spanish 10-line poem (decastich) first used by Miguel de Cervantes
The first stanza is a series of rhyming couplets where the first line is a four-syllable question and the second line is a two-syllable answer.
The second stanza is a redondilla (quatrain in trochaic tetrameter) that wraps up the theme of the first stanza. Line 10 is comprised of lines 2,4, and 6.
Metric Pattern: 4-2-4-2-4-2, 4-4-4-6
Rhyme Scheme: aabbcc cddc
Rhythm: trochaic (All lines begin with a stressed syllable.)
NOTE: I bent the rules considerably with this one, using only one trochaic foot in the entire poem. The majority are iambic and the rest are anapestic.
I also decided against using the question-and-answer format in the first stanza.
For those of you who are interested in the technical aspect of writing poetry:
Although 2/3 of this poem is written in iambic meter, the 11 anapestic feet seem to dominate the rhythm, especially since they appear at the beginning of 7 out of the 10 lines. Therefore, I am labeling this as anapestic tetrameter/dimeter.