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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:


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:


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.