noun, plural ses·ti·nas, ses·ti·ne [se-stee-ney] /sɛˈsti neɪ/. Prosody.
Origin of sestina
Examples from the Web for sestina
Historical Examples of sestina
The sestina is composed of six 6-line stanzas and a final 3-line stanza.
Naught else have I afforded you, madame, save very anciently a Sestina.Chivalry
James Branch Cabell
From Italy have come, besides the ottava rima and the sonnet, two other metrical forms, the sestina and the terza rima.
The common form of the sestina has six stanzas of six lines each, with a tercet at the end.English Verse
Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
That it was used and admired by Dante and Petrarch, alone gives the sestina a royal precedence over all of the other forms.
Word Origin for sestina
1797, from Italian, "poem of six-lined stanzas," from sesto "sixth," from Latin sextus (see six). Invented by 12c. Provençal troubadour Arnaut Daniel. The line endings of the first stanza are repeated in different order in the rest, and in an envoi.