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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Frame VI. Six Line Construction Six line poetic units or groups are termed the sixain, sexain, sestet and hexastich. All of these terms can be found used synonymously. Technically the hexastich is reserved for a stand-alone, six line poem. Sixain, sexain, and sestet refer to a stanzaic unit written adjacent to other stanzas. However, the term sestet originally referred only to a six-line stanza when used with other stanzas that differ in line number, specifically in the sonnet of octave/sestet. Sixain or sexain was reserved for six line stanz