ses·​ti·​na | \ se-ˈstē-nə How to pronounce sestina (audio) \

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

Examples of sestina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her own verse often drew on classical forms such as the villanelle, sestina, tritina and sonnet, and sometimes incorporated references to ancient mythology and medieval legend. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Marie Ponsot, elegant poet of the sea, stars and her seven-child family, dies at 98," 8 July 2019 Many poems simply yoke together disparate elements, and some have no relation to collage at all (despite Polizzotti’s fanciful suggestion that a sestina’s repetitive pattern of line endings sort of counts). Michael Robbins,, "'John Ashbery: They Knew What They Wanted' celebrates a poet and collagist who understood the value of fun," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of sestina

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sestina

Italian, from sesto sixth

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“Sestina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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