#TheWombwellRainbow #PoeticFormChallenge starts today. It is weekly. I will post the challenge to create a first draft of a poetic form by the following late Sunday. Please email your first draft to me, including an updated short, third person bio and a short prose piece about the challenges you faced and how you overcame them. Except when I’m working at the supermarket I am always ready to help those that get stuck. Already given some folk a headstart by saying the first #prompt is a #SESTINA . I will also blog my progress throughout the week. Hopefully it may help the stumped. Also below please find links to helpful websites.

SESTINA

Quick Overview

39 lines

Six six line stanzas

One three line stanza

End words of each stanza are the same, just rearranged. Below is a link that once you have chosen the end words will put them in the correct order for you.

End words are UNRHYMED, unless you wish them to be rhymed.

No stipulation as to line length, but it must be consistent throughout each stanza.

Sestinas are great ti convey CONVERSATION due to the repetition.

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I have a choice, either pick six random words that will be the end words for all six of the six-line stanzas, or write the first stanza and use the end line words. I chose the latter. Line length may vary but sonnet crazed as I am I chose a ten syllable line for all my lines. The stanzas are UNRHYMED. I dig deep for a subject, don’t analyse at all. Getting whatever words down first, the woods got to be there first before I can do any carving. Done. Picked out my six ending words. Tricky bit

This was the tricky bit: I did it manually but below is a link to a SESTINA engine that does it for you:

Manually:

1 2 3 4 5 6 – End words of lines in first sestet.

6 1 5 2 4 3- End words of lines in second sestet.

3 6 4 1 2 5 – End words of lines in third sestet.

5 3 2 6 1 4 – End words of lines in fourth sestet.

2 4 5 1 3 6 2 – End words of lines in fifth sestet.

2 4 6 5 3 1 – End words of lines in sixth sestet.

(6 2) (1 4) (5 3) – Middle and end words of lines in tercet.

Now I swap the numbers for the relevant end words. Then I sort these into the sestets. First one is springboard.

SESTINA ENGINE LINK:

http://henrycrawfordpoetry.com/Tools/Sestina

Thankyou to Louise Longson for this link.

Other Helpful Websites

Thankyou to Jerome Berglund for this link.

https://www.writersdigest.com/personal-updates/sestina-6×6339-thats-math

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/learn/glossary-terms/sestina

https://www.masterclass.com/articles/sestina-poem-form

https://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Sestina

https://poetryarchive.org/glossary/sestina/

Examples

https://poemanalysis.com/elizabeth-bishop/sestina/

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