Sestina Definition of Sestina A sestina is a fixed form in poetry that has six stanzas of six lines each followed by a three-line stanza ; each line ends with one of six words in a standard repetition. These six words are chosen by the poet, but must be repeated in a certain order for the poem to qualify as a sestina. The pattern is thus:
History[ edit ] Arnaut Daniel The oldest-known sestina is "Lo ferm voler qu'el cor m'intra", written around by Arnaut Daniela troubadour of Aquitanian origin; he refers to it as "cledisat", meaning, more or less, "interlock". It is in unrhymed iambic pentameter, but the order of end-words in each stanza is non-standard — ending, etc.
In this variant the standard end-word pattern is repeated for twelve stanzas, ending with a three-line envoi, resulting in a poem of 75 lines. Two others were published in subsequent editions of the Arcadia.
The second, "Since wailing is a bud of causeful sorrow", is in the "standard" form. Like "Ye Goatherd Gods" it is written in unrhymed iambic pentameter and uses exclusively feminine endings, reflecting the Italian endecasillabo.
The third, "Farewell, O sun, Arcadia's clearest light", is the first rhyming sestina in English: Sidney uses the same envoi structure as Spenser. William Drummond of Hawthornden published two sestinas which he called "sextains" inwhich copy the form of Sidney's rhyming sestina.
After this, there is an absence of notable sestinas for over years,  with John Frederick Nims noting that, " HenleyJohn Payneand others. Similar to his "Sestina", each stanza first repeats end-words 12 then 1 of the previous stanza; the rest are ad lib.
From the s, a revival of the form took place across the English-speaking world, led by poets such as W. Audenand the s were described as the "age of the sestina" by James E.
Auden are distinguished modern examples of the sestina. The sestina is composed of six stanzas of six lines sixainsfollowed by a stanza of three lines a tercet. Each successive stanza takes its pattern based upon a bottom-up pairing of the lines of the preceding stanza i.
The pattern of end-words in one stanza of a sestina, relative to the previous stanza.
Another way of visualising the pattern of line-ending words for each stanza is by the procedure known as retrogradatio cruciata, which may be rendered as "backward crossing". The 1—2—3 triad appears in its original order, but the 4—5—6 triad is reversed and superimposed upon it.
Table of sestina end-words   Stanza 1.timberdesignmag.com - The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. THE TRUTH ABOUT CATHOLICS. Peter O'Donnell.
APPEAL TO FAIR-MINDEDNESS. Before you mislay this booklet, ask yourself the following questions: AM I RIGHT? The poems by Elizabeth Bishop on our course reveal many of the most striking characteristics of her work: her eye for detail, her interest in travel and different places, her apparently conversational tone, her command of internal rhyme, her use of repetition, her interest in strict poetic forms (the sonnet and the sestina), childhood memories.
(“Sestina” by Elizabeth Bishop) Twentieth-century poet Elizabeth Bishop wrote a few sestina examples, such as the above poem and her poem “A Miracle for Breakfast.” Bishop was very interested in exploring the different effects a sestina could give her.
In “Sestina,” Elizabeth Bishop tells a painful story of a grandmother and a child living with loss. The story, set in a kitchen on a rainy late afternoon in .
A sestina (Old Occitan: cledisat; also known as sestine, sextine, sextain) is a fixed verse form consisting of six stanzas of six lines each, normally followed by a three-line envoi.
The words that end each line of the first stanza are used as line endings in each of the following stanzas, rotated in a set pattern.