Sep
25
2009

I am not doing a sestina again any time soon.

Medieval verse form. 39 lines. Has to use the same six end words through out, in a pattern like so (reading downward):

1 6 3 5 4 2
2 1 6 3 5 4
3 5 4 2 1 6
4 2 1 6 3 5
5 4 2 1 6 3
6 3 5 4 2 1

So, yes, you have to find a new way to use six different endwords in each stanza.  It ends with a 3-line envoy that uses 5,3,1; or possibly 5(2), 3(4), 1(6). It’s all in iambic, of course: either pentameter or tetrameter.  The technical term for the entire process is ‘one big pain in the ass.’

But it’s in the can.

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