Definition of sestina in English:

sestina

Syllabification: ses·ti·na
Pronunciation: /seˈstēnə
 
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noun

Prosody
  • A poem with six stanzas of six lines and a final triplet, all stanzas having the same six words at the line-ends in six different sequences that follow a fixed pattern, and with all six words appearing in the closing three-line envoi.
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    • We don't get much form poetry, and we haven't had a sestina in at least four years.
    • We might at first imagine it as the sestina's final cathartic pinnacle.
    • We'll be doing sestinas by the end of the week at this rate.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Italian, from sesto (see sestet).

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