sextain


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sextain

(ˈsɛksteɪn)
n
(Poetry) another word for sestina
[C17: from obsolete French sestine sestina, but also influenced by obsolete sixain stanza of six lines]

sex•tain

(ˈsɛk steɪn)

n.
1. a stanza of six lines.
2. sestina.
[1630–40;b. two obsolete French words: sixain six-line stanza and sestine sestina]
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Nonetheless, the apercu lingers of Gosse, attending Browning's funeral in Westminster Abbey, taking repeated furtive looks at a homoerotic photograph of a beautiful lad sent to him by Symonds, and composing an apt sextain in his mind, and raises uncomfortable doubts.