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A Sestina Poem About the Creation of the Earth and the Evolution of Life
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I haven't published anything on here in a couple weeks, but I am currently working on a rather long and detailed article for your viewing pleasure. In the meantime, I am publishing this. Below is a poem called a sestina, and it's about the creation of the Earth, the evolution of life, and mass extinctions. I wrote this during my senior year of college in Fall 2010. I can't believe it's been nearly five years now. It may not seem like much, since it's not your standard rhyming poem, but if you know anything about sestinas, you will know they are quite difficult to write.
Invented by the troubadour Arnaut Daniel in the 12th Century, sestinas consist of thirty nine lines compiled into six six line stanzas and one three line envoi. The same six words are used to end each line throughout the poem, and they are rotated in a set pattern. Pay very close attention to the words I use at the end of each line. I won't bore you with any more details than that, but if you want to learn more about sestinas the Academy of American Poets has a nice article on the subject.
By Teddy Fotiou
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