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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 sestet seems to open with the same calm as the octave, and even the same syntax since "his" has possibly been elided from "shaded eyes.
It has not been pointed out, however, that the crucial turn of the sonnet which initiates the surprising sestet also recalls the precise details of St.
She uses the Italian sonnet form of octave and sestet, adapting it to experss the contrasts of her doubt and confidence.
Milton preferred the Italian sonnet form, consisting of an octave and a sestet, to the English form, which ends with a couplet.
In the sestet, the mother responds to her daughter's idealization of her voice with her own knowledge of its mortality.
The ensuing sestet develops the speaker's relationship to the Urn in the interrogative mode with a series of questions that ekphrastically reveal the images represented on the Urn's surface:
1 elegists 2 cyclists 3 lollipop 4 titlists 5 analysis 6 lollygag 7 papooses 8 eyepiece 9 anapests 10 academe 11 paperer 12 sashimi 13 oboists 14 ukulele 15 emended 16 mimosas 17 awarded 18 amasses 19 abases 20 cicada 21 gigolo 22 ibises 23 irises 24 papaya 25 sasses 26 sestet 27 usurer
The octave seemed to be saying, "Maybe it's just an illusion that time is rushing irrevocably by," while the sestet seemed to respond, "But we do still experience it this way--we are finite beings.
In his chapter on 'The Origin of the Sonnet', Heninger argues that the relationship between octave and sestet, because expressible as the mathematical ratio 4 : 3, was designed to encode a message about the benignity of Providence (four, the number of the earth, yielding place to three, the number of divinity).
The term is often used specifically in reference to the three-line stanzas of the terza rima verse form or to one of the two groups of three lines that form the sestet in a Petrarchan sonnet.
Elements of close translation resume in the final sestet of the text, heavily derivative of the final sestet of Desportes' second sonnet in the sequence 'Regrets Funebres sur la Mort de Diane':