2020 Poetry Form Challenge

#07 English Sestet




This sestet evolved from the popular Sicilian one and of course was made even more popular by Shakespeare who uses this sestet rhyme scheme in his sonnets. Iambic pentameter in the prefered meter for this form although the original form used an eight syllable meter. Although it is mainly used as the turn or "Volta" in a sonnet, but it can be used as a stand-alone vignette, or to consruct a ballad or a tale. The pattern is thus...
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Sestet From Sonnet VI

Ten times thyself were happier than thou art,
If ten of thine ten times refigured thee:
Then what could death do, if thou shouldst depart,
Leaving thee living in posterity?
Be not self-will'd, for thou art much too fair
To be death's conquest and make worms thine heir.

William Shakespeare


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