Tuesday, February 19, 2013
New Poem: Knight Sestina
Ever since I learned of the form after reading Neil Gaiman's Vampire Sestina (reviewed in Songs of Eretz on May 28, 2012), I have wanted to try my hand at writing a sestina. Poets.org describes the sestina as "a complex form that achieves its often spectacular effects through intricate repetition...of the initial six end-words of the first stanza through the remaining five six-line stanzas, culminating in a three-line envoi."
The result of my efforts, Knight Sestina, is a song about a knight being encouraged to fight bravely in the face of an onslaught of demons. Usually, the end words of a sestina form a rhyme scheme of sorts, but I deliberately chose three pairs of rhyming words in order to introduce a stronger rhyme scheme into my lines (knight, lance, fight, advance, gale, fail).