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1. A group of six lines of poetry, especially the last six lines of a Petrarchan sonnet.
2. A poem or stanza containing six lines.

[Italian sestetto, from sesto, sixth, from Latin sextus; see s(w)eks in Indo-European roots.]






1. (Poetry) prosody the last six lines of a Petrarchan sonnet
2. (Poetry) prosody any six-line stanza
3. (Music, other) another word for sextet1
[C19: from Italian sestetto, from sesto sixth, from Latin sextus, from sex six]


(sɛˈstɛt, ˈsɛs tɛt)

a group or stanza of six lines, esp. the last six lines of a Petrarchan sonnet.
[1795–1805; < Italian sestetto sextet]


A group of six lines.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sestet - the cardinal number that is the sum of five and onesestet - the cardinal number that is the sum of five and one
digit, figure - one of the elements that collectively form a system of numeration; "0 and 1 are digits"
2.sestet - six performers or singers who perform together
musical group, musical organisation, musical organization - an organization of musicians who perform together
3.sestet - a set of six similar things considered as a unit
set - a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used; "a set of books"; "a set of golf clubs"; "a set of teeth"
4.sestet - a musical composition written for six performers
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
5.sestet - a rhythmic group of six lines of verse
stanza - a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem


[sesˈtet] Nsexteto m


n (Mus) → Sextett nt; (Poet) → Sestine f
References in classic literature ?
Wyatt, it should be observed, generally departs from the Petrarchan rime-scheme, on the whole unfortunately, by substituting a third quatrain for the first four lines of the sestet.
The second sonnet in Poems Descriptive, "The Primrose," is essentially Petrarchan in form (although it uses four rhymes to the octave rather than two, and its sestet ends with a couplet).
While the sestet (in the past tense) imagines resurrection:
Such a reader might look, for instance, more closely at the uneasy disjuncture between the language of the octave and that of the sestet in the same poem, precisely because: "Rabbinic strategies do not try to smooth over or explain away incongruity; they treat it as potentially productive of an unexpected, additional interpretive turn" (107).
Stovel argues that the war strongly influenced Laurence's early writing and interprets the concluding sestet of her youthful Petrarchan sonnet as a prophetic call for "peace, portraying children 'Free .
As the most important partisan of the sestet form in Italy, Gabriele Frasca seems to display a faith in the word akin to that of the humanists, though this faith has become a mannerist obsession that at its extremes borders on desperation.
Organised by its end-rhymes into an interlaced sestet (ABABAB) and a separate couplet (CC), the ottava rima stanza, Addison argues, is predisposed by its verse design--its affordances--to accommodate novelistic discourse.
Here it is as if the prayer is holding octave and sestet together, just as the Holy Spirit presides over all hours of the day, even midnight, and the hope of the prayer--its open-mindedness--is sustained even though the mind's questions with respect to belief have not yet been answered.
Conversely, the Jesuit Hopkins's semi-Scotist ontology, as the sestet of "Kingfishers" makes clear, is founded on a Christology.
And these sounds do not occur twice but four times in this two-part sonnet which divides into two seven-line parts by punctuation, but into octet and sestet by end rhyme.
In this homoerotic Eden, temptation in the sestet comes not from Eve, but from a young boy:
Assembling a sestet of writers whose dates describe an arc between the Oxford Movement and the first stirrings of the Second Vatican Council, Ker explores a rare moment when Catholics seemed to dominate a world generally inhospitable to their moral and sacramental preoccupations.