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Split Sestet

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American Verse

The Split Sestet appears to be the American version of a Rime Couée. This six line stanzaic form is "split" by anapestic monometer lines.

The elements of the Split Sestet are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of sixains.
  2. metric, L1,L2,L4,L5 are iambic trimeter and L3,L6 are anapestic monometer.
  3. rhymed, rhyme scheme aabaab ccdccd ect.

    The Last Leaf by Oliver Wendall Holmes 1895

    I saw him once before,
    As he passed by the door,
    And again
    The pavement stones resound,
    As he totters o'er the ground
    With his cane.

    They say that in his prime,
    Ere the pruning-knife of Time
    Cut him down,
    Not a better man was found
    By the Crier on his round
    Through the town.

    But now he walks the streets,
    And he looks at all he meets
    Sad and wan,
    And he shakes his feeble head,
    That it seems as if he said,
    "They are gone!"

    The mossy marbles rest
    On the lips that he has pressed
    In their bloom,
    And the names he loved to hear
    Have been carved for many a year
    On the tomb.

    My grandmamma has said--
    Poor old lady, she is dead
    Long ago--
    That he had a Roman nose,
    And his cheek was like a rose
    In the snow;

    But now his nose is thin,
    And it rests upon his chin
    Like a staff,
    And a crook is in his back,
    And a melancholy crack
    In his laugh.

    I know it is a sin
    For me to sit and grin
    At him here;
    But the old three-cornered hat,
    And the breeches, and all that,
    Are so queer!

    And if I should live to be
    The last leaf upon the tree
    In the spring,
    Let them smile, as I do now,
    At the old forsaken bough
    Where I cling.


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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