Tag: sestina

Saving the roses – a sestina for the environment

If the world ends life will hang in the balance Ended by ignorance, famine and greed, To return to love is like climbing a mountain Pricking ones fingers and hands on roses In the dark, your path lit only by a lantern, I can help you, I am music, listen. I woke up this morning and began to listen To the music of the … Read More Saving the roses – a sestina for the environment

Saving the roses – a sestina for the environment

Saving the roses is a sestina. A sestina consists of 39 lines made up of six six-line stanzas and a tercet (or envoi) and is probably the most challeging poetic form there is. There are six end words which are used for every line, but in a different order which is referred to as retrogradatio cruciata (‘retrograde cross’). The sestina is reputed to have … Read More Saving the roses – a sestina for the environment