Sestina

A sestina is a very structured poem consisting of six six-line stanzas followed by one three-line stanza, for a total of 39 lines. The final word in each line of the first stanza must appear in a specific — and different — order in each of the other stanzas.

The pattern of use for the last word is as follows:

Stanza #1: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Stanza #2: 6 1 5 2 4 3

Stanza #3: 3 6 4 1 2 5

Stanza #4: 5 3 2 6 1 4

Stanza #5: 4 5 1 3 6 2

Stanza #6: 2 4 6 5 3 1

Stanza #7 (three lines): 6 2, 1 4, 5 3