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Explore the Craft of Writing 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: stanzaic, written in any number of sixains. metric, L1,L2,L4,L5 are iambic trimeter and L3,L6 are anapestic monometer. 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