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sestina

sestina

noun ses·ti·na \se-ˈstē-nə\

Definition of SESTINA

:  a lyrical fixed form consisting of six 6-line usually unrhymed stanzas in which the end words of the first stanza recur as end words of the following five stanzas in a successively rotating order and as the middle and end words of the three verses of the concluding tercet

Origin of SESTINA

Italian, from sesto sixth
First Known Use: circa 1586

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