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Example of Sestet

A sestet is a six line poem. There are various forms of the sestet, using grouped couplets, or intertwined rhymes. The rhymes are grouped in various different ways, and some cultures have their own preferred forms. Shakespeare's Sonnets commonly use this form, and helped to popularize the sestet in England.

Examples of Sestets:

The forms are the best examples. There are English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Italian, and Spanish sestets Where a,b,c are rhyming words, the patterns are:


Some forms of sestet also use Iambic Pentameter as a meter, which imposes different requirements on the sestet structure. The Wordsworth Sestet form, using Iambic Pentameter, has a different form- abbcac.