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02 August 2006 @ 12:29 pm
Writing a Sestina  
I think it's good discipline for me to write a poem that takes me hours to complete.

Still, if you enjoy reading it a fraction as much as I enjoyed writing it, I have achieved something good.
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Jacobyak_boy on August 2nd, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
Indeed and, as I say, it is a fun challenge.
Outlier Man: bad grammarlukeii on August 2nd, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
(sestinae? *is pretentious*)

Prententious indeed.
carlowecarlowe on August 2nd, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
It was good. What are the rules?
Jacobyak_boy on August 2nd, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
You choose six words, which are the words that appear last in each line of each stanza. We can label these end-words A, B, C, D, E & F. There's a logic to the order they go in, which you may be able to work out for yourself, but baically the endlines go in this order:

ABCDEF
FAEBDC
CFDABE
ECBFAD
DEACFB
BDFECA

If you can work out the pattern, you may realise it would repeat at this point, so we move on to the Envoi, which is a three-line stanza that uses half the end-words in the middle of the lines instead. I'll put those in brackets:

(B)E(D)C(F)A

And that's pretty much it, except that it's traditionally written in iambic pentameter (as I have done), which means ten syllables to the line, with every second syllable stressed.
Jacobyak_boy on August 2nd, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
Of course, the first challenge is choosing six words that you can repeat seven times each, without it being too difficult, clumsy or repetitious.