What new sights in you will I see?
To what new places go today?
Will I see rocky shores, or sands?
Wonderful book within my hands,
Plant me on some uncharted shore,
Show to me things I’ve not known before,
Carry me far away to distant lands.
Copyright © 2018 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved
Ovillejo ~ 10-line rhymed poem (decastich) of Spanish origin, first used by Miguel de Cervantes
The first stanza is a series of rhyming couplets where the first line is a question (tetrameter, or roughly 8 syllables) and the second line is the answer (dimeter, or 3-4 syllables).
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.)
Photo taken in Portsmouth, VA, 2009