Prompt for Hour Sixteen

Write a sestina! A sestina is a poem with six stanzas of six lines and a final triplet, all stanzas having the same six words at the line-ends in six different sequences that follow a fixed pattern, and with all six words appearing in the closing three-line envoi.

Does that sound intimidating and time consuming? It only is if you do it from scratch, however there is a website that helps with the creation of sestinas: http://dilute.net/sestinas/

All you have to do is come up with 6 words and they will figure out the order of everything, then you can add the rest of the text yourself. A sestina can really get you writing about something you would normally not. They are great in that way.

2 thoughts on “Prompt for Hour Sixteen

  1. Mam Caitlin, I will be a little bit late submitting my poem in this prompt, my network connection is very weak (one bar), and I started working now, but still I will try to finish the marathon. Thank you! God bless!

  2. I’m annoyed with myself for falling asleep fifteen minutes before this was posted; and not just because that means I failed the challenge. I like sestinas! In fact, I already wrote one for “Anatomy of a Face”.

    Even though I’m out of the marathon now, I’ll check that site. A sestina template sounds like a useful tool.

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