Envelope Sestet Notes

The Envelope Sestet is a stricter variation of the stave stanza. The last line of each stanza is a repetition of the first line. The second and fifth lines rhyme with the refrain lines, leaving only the third and fourth line to change rhyme. The rhyme scheme, therefore, is:
AabbaA CcddcC EeffeE… and so on

Example

Imagine by Jez Farmer

He said 'Imagine' and we still fight for creed
Nothing has changed to ease man's evil greed
Too busy planning life for tomorrow
We miss the truth to embrace the sorrow
Forgetting words will hurt more than a deed
He said 'Imagine' and we still fight for creed
The armies of war on the killing field
A brother's life; a defensive shield
As one more soul dies in ungodly shame
A suicide with no love to its name
While the ruling voices refuse to yield
The armies of war on the killing field
With each day we repeat the words of hate
Impatient for wants unable to wait
But each night we dare to dream a new peace
And pray for the dying to now decrease
Yet peace begins inside the garden gate
With each day we repeat the words of hate

5 thoughts on “Envelope Sestet Notes

  1. Very impressive Jez, and I love the reflective of your poem…. I’ve copied your article into my poetry file… I might give this format a try one day, the repetitive style makes for powerful reading….

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