According to Agamben, the repetition of the rhyming end words in the sestina
corresponds to the typological relation between past and present: the mechanism transforms chronological time into messianic time.
is one of the longest poems with rhyme and meter, and also one of the most difficult to write.
As Brunner's discussion of the pervasiveness of the sestina
during the 1950s suggests, Ashbery's overt formalism does not set him at odds with a decade dominated by the New Criticism; rather, it reflects a striking accord with it.
Sometimes instead of a synopsis the structure of the upcoming poem is explained; cinquain, haiku, sonnet, sestina
, and villanelle.
Passionate Voices' will feature La Sestina
by Claudio Monteverdi, Missa Pange Lingua: Agnus Dei by Josquin des Pres, and Vadam et circuibo by Thomas Luis de Victoria.
Although she wrote some free verse, she writes mostly in classical forms including the quatrain, villanelle, sonnet and sestina
Predominant "external" forms here are variations of what is unsatisfyingly called free verse, but there are a number of traditional forms, which could yield a unit on the sonnet (see the poems by Peckham, Mitchell, Meyer, Bluestone, Junkins) and the sestina
(Annucci and Cone).
For instance, Ashbery might use the sestina
, a form dating to the twelfth century, to relate the misadventures of Popeye.
The fact that this poem is a sestina
, in which the form never feels forced or Intrudes on the flow of the poem, adds even more to the montage: the sestina
was originally an Italian form, thus endowing the poem with the sixth language spoken by the garcons (after Chinese, French, English, Russian, and Japanese, as invoked in the poem's dialogue, imagery, and setting).
by Frasca, a sonnet by Berisso, or a madrigal by Durante cannot be read as a mere restoration of meter.
Koch also wrote about using the sestina
form for telling a story and the power of collaborative writing.
Is it possible that a sestina
is a special form of a poem that holds mystical powers?