Sestina: Definition, Format & Poem Examples


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A sestina is also known as a…

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1. What is the French name given to a final stanza that is shorter than all the others?

2. How many total lines make up one sestina?

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

In a sestina, words repeat in an intricate pattern, creating emotional and stylistic effects that add depth and meaning. Use this quiz/worksheet combo to check your understanding of the structure and repetition of a sestina.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

These assessments review the following topics:

  • Vocabulary related to sestinas
  • Number of lines in a sestina
  • Structural details of a sestina

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most significant information regarding the arrangement of a sestina
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the French word for the last stanza that is shorter than the rest
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to follow the pattern of a given sestina

Additional Learning

In the lesson, Sestina: Definition, Format & Poem Examples, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Know the origins of the sestina
  • Recognize the structure in famous, published sestinas
  • Analyze examples of the sestina form
  • Understand how the sestina form can create meaning in a poem