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SESTINA

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 702 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SESTINA, one of the most elaborate forms of verse employed by the medieval poets of Provence and Italy, and retained in occasional use by the modern poets of Western Europe. The scheme on which the sestina is built was the invention of the great troubadour, Arnaut Daniel (d. 1199), who wrote many sestinas in the lingua di si. Dante, a little later, wrote sestinas in Italian, and of these the most famous is that beginning " Al pocO giorno ed al gran cerchio d' ombra." In the De vulgari
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