SESTETT , the name given to the seconddivision of a sonnet, which must consist of an octave, of eight lines, succeeded by a sestett, of six lines . In the usual course the rhymes are arranged
See also:abc abc, but this is not necessary . Early
See also:Italian sonnets, and in particular those of
See also:Dante, often close with the
See also:rhyme-arrangement abc cba; but in
See also:languages. where the sonority of syllables is not so
See also:great as it is in Italian, it is dangerous to leave a
See also:period of five lines between one rhyme and another . In the quatorzain, there is properly speaking no sestett, but a
See also:quatrain followed by a
See also:couplet, as in the case of
See also:Shakespeare's so-called " Sonnets." Another
See also:form of sestett has only two rhymes, ab ab ~ ab; as is the case in
See also:Gray's famous sonnet " On the
See also:Death of
See also:Richard West." The sestett should mark the turn of emotion in the sonnet; as a
See also:rule it may be said. that the octave having been more or less
See also:objective, in the sestett reflection should make its appearance, with a tendency to the subjective manner . For example, in
See also:Arnold's ingenious " The Better
See also:Part," the rough inquirer, who has had his own way in the octave, is replied to as soon as the sestett com- mences:- " So answerest thou ? But why not rather say: Hath Man no second
See also:life ? Pitch this one high . More strictly, then, the inward
See also:judge obey l Was Christ a man like us ? Ah l let us try If we, then, too, can be such men as he l ' "
See also:Wordsworth and Milton are both remarkable for the dignity with which they conduct the downward
See also:wave of the sestett in their sonnet . The French sonneteers of the 16th century, with
See also:Ronsard at their
See also:head, preferred the softer sound of the arrangement aab ccb I . The German poets have usually wavered between the
See also:English and the Italian forms .
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