WHAT'S GOING ON?!
Halloween is coming up! Goblins and ghoulies and bears--oh, my! To add to the mood of scares and things-that-go-bump-in-the-night, why not write in one of the scariest poetic forms of all: the sestina. Many a poet have woken in feverish sweat, the banshee-like call of this form inundating their dreams like heavy rainfall. How do you use the same words over again without sounding too repetitious? How do you keep the attention of the reader when this poem needs to be so long? It is a nightmarish series of questions only few have successfully answered.
WAIT, WAIT, WAIT. HOLD YOUR MACHETES. WHAT IS A SESTINA?!
You are a lucky one indeed if you've never witnessed the madness of the sestina. Very few who've encountered them have survived...
Basically, the sestina, like a hydra, is a set of six sestets (six-line stanzas) with a final tercet (three-line stanza) called the envoy or tornada. But it isn't that simple. All the end-words of each line in the first stanza need to be