|General Poetry posted February 9, 2018|
A Child's Poem ( Poetic form/Sestina)
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Stanza 2 F A E B D C
Stanza 3 C F D A B E
Stanza 4 E C B F A D
Stanza 5 D E A C F B
Stanza 6 B D F E C A
The final three line envoi is done many ways. The only hard and fast rule here, is that each line must end in one of the six words, and contain another inside, so that all six are used in these three lines. Purists will say that the pattern should be:
(B) E, (D) C, (A) F
This is how almost all sestinas were done during the height of their popularity, but since the 19th century poets have made some changes, and now the most common patterns for the envoi lines are (A) B, (C) D, (E) F and (F) A, (E) B, (D) C.
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