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Sestina Definition

Poetry Definition of Sestina

A highly structured form of poetry consisting of six six-line stanzas and a three-line envoy (thirty-nine lines). The end words of the first stanza are repeated in varied order as end words in the other stanzas and also recur in the envoy.

Example

The Concord Art Association Regrets
Pam White

    Your entry was not accepted. We regret
    it wasn't (enough for us), a work of love.
    We liked many of the colors on the whole
    but the mass was just something unrelated
    to the rest of our show. We hope your work
    will have a bright future in another place.

    We remember last year you tried to place
    another photograph and it was also with regret
    we turned you down. Though for that particular work
    we found nothing about it (no one could) to love.
    It was obscure and a little upsetting in relation
    to the rest of our show which we look on as a whole.   

    Now you may think us ungenerous. On the whole
    you are probably right, but this is our place
    and we can do what we want whether you relate
    to it or not. However we don't want you to regret
    your association with us. We want you to love
    us, send us money, but please, no more work.
 
    You see right now we need money to work
    on the building we're in. There's a hole
    in the roof and one wall needs all the love
    and attention it can get. Really the place
    needs so much, which all costs. I regret
    to remind you we need more space for related

    works. We're trying to expand and relate
    to lots of different kinds of work
    so different people won't regret
    their visit with us but will see the whole
    beauty and tranquillity of the place
    and come with us, a journey of love

    where people of all races, colors, and creeds love
    to look and bask and of course bring relations,
    friends, and lovers. All are welcome to our place
    here where all the world's magnificent work
    can be shown in its entirety, the whole
    place filled - with your exception, we regret.

    We know you'll love the whole
    work we're doing for this place.
    We can't relate enough our regret.
 
            (Copyright © 1983-2003 by Pam White.)

Top 5 Sestina Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem When Madness Rides on Moonlight Guzzi, Debbie Sestinagod, life,
Premium Member Poem When Madness Rides on Moonlight Guzzi, Debbie Sestinalovegod, light, god, life,
A cyclical life Scheider, Lorrie Sestinalife, lovewords, metaphor, beauty,
Premium Member Poem Revel Joyfully Devonshire, Carolyn Sestinahappiness, holiday, upliftingnight, birth,
There is no fear in love De la Croes, David Sestinalove, love,

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