ONLINE Sestina – Become a Master Troubadour
Troubadours were court poets of the French nobles who invented and played flirtatious songs on lyres and competed fiercely with one another to produce the wittiest, most elaborate styles of verse to impress the court. This competition was how the sestina was born. As it was consensus sestinas are the most challenging poems to write, Troubadours who were able to write a sestina were given the title Master Troubadour. Arnaut Daniel the winning troubadour who invented the sestina was also a mathematician—this explains the sestina’s complex line permutations. The form consists of six, 6-line stanzas plus an envoy of 1 or 3-lines using all six words. The end words of the first stanza are repeated as end words in varied order in the other stanzas and also recur in the envoy. Writing a sestina is a dance with language and rewards you with a worthy title: Master Troubadour!
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Jade O’Riley teaches many poetry forms and styles and developed an editing method entitled Poet’s Toolbox to help poets gain writing confidence. Since 2007 Jade has taught poetry in several venues including City of Edmonton, Poetry Festival and Stroll of Poets; she’s published fifteen poetry chapbooks featuring the poets from her classes.