Sestina

A thirty-nine line poem which follows a strict form made up of six six-line stanzas, followed by a closing tercet (a three-line stanza). The words used at the end of each line of the first stanza are used to end each line in the following stanzas throughout the poem, rotated in a fixed pattern. Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Sestina‘ is (as the name implies!) an excellent example of this form.