by George J. Dance

The English sestet is a stanza form used in English poetry.


The English sestet is a 6-line stanza (sestet) with the first 4 lines in cross rhyme, followed by a rhyming couplet: that is, with a rhyme scheme of A-B-A-B-C-C. It can be in any meter, though Iambic tetrameter and Iambic pentameter are the most commonly used. When written in iambic pentameter, it is also called a Venus and Adonis stanza.

In sonnetsEdit

The English sestet is the form used in the last 6 lines (the "sestet") of a Shakespearean sonnet. It is also sometimes found as the sestet of a Petrarchan sonnet.


  1. To Her Who Passes / Maurice Browne
  2. A Farewell to Arms / George Peele
  3. Tichborne's Elegy / Chediok Tichborne

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