Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sestina

From Poets, Org

"The sestina follows a strict pattern of the repetition of the initial six end-words of the first stanza through the remaining five six-line stanzas, culminating in a three-line envoi. The lines may be of any length, though in its initial incarnation, the sestina followed a syllabic restriction. The form is as follows, where each numeral indicates the stanza position and the letters represent end-words:

1. ABCDEF
2. FAEBDC
3. CFDABE
4. ECBFAD
5. DEACFB
6. BDFECA
7. (envoi) ECA or ACE

The envoi, sometimes known as the tornada, must also include the remaining three end-words, BDF, in the course of the three lines so that all six recurring words appear in the final three lines."

Write your own sestina and you can post a link
back to that particular page on your own blog
or send me your sestina to post.

If you click Linda you will be able to read a sestina I wrote.

1 comment:

  1. It really works. I do hope some of you try this form.

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