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 … Continue reading Envelope Sestet Notes

English Sestet Notes

From the popular Sicilian sestet evolved the English variant made popular by William Shakespeare using the rhyme scheme in his sonnets. Strictly speaking the lines should be in Iambic pentameter but many modern poets prefer to use decasyllabic lines. The rhyme scheme for the English sestet is ababcc dedeff… and so on Example Mother Moon … Continue reading English Sestet Notes