Naught else have I afforded you, madame, save very anciently a sestina.
From Italy have come, besides the ottava rima and the sonnet, two other metrical forms, the sestina and the terza rima.
The sestina is composed of six 6-line stanzas and a final 3-line stanza.
That it was used and admired by Dante and Petrarch, alone gives the sestina a royal precedence over all of the other forms.
The common form of the sestina has six stanzas of six lines each, with a tercet at the end.
The sestina, a very elaborate canzonet, was invented in Provence and borrowed by the Italians.
1797, from Italian, "poem of six-lined stanzas," from sesto "sixth," from Latin sextus (see six). Invented by 12c. Provençal troubadour Arnaut Daniel. The line endings of the first stanza are repeated in different order in the rest, and in an envoi.