Further reading

Gordon, I. L., ed. The Seafarer. London: Methuen & Co, 1960.

Orton, Peter. "The Form and Structure of The Seafarer." Stu-

dia Neophilologica 63, no. 1 (1991): 37-55. Whitelock, Dorothy. "The Interpretation of The Seafarer." In The Early Cultures of Northwest Europe, edited by Cyril Fox and Bruce Dickens, 259-272. Cambridge, 1950.

Annemarie Thijms

SEAGER, JANE See Tudor women poets.

SESTET The sestet is either a six-line poem or poem stanza (e.g., the sestina is built of six sestet stanzas), or it is the last six lines of an Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet. As part of the sonnet, the sestet follows the octave, or first eight lines, and develops a resolution to the poetic situation presented in the octave. It is distinguished from the octave by a new set of rhymes; the octave is usually abba, abba, and the sestet will then follow with cde, cde, though many variants (ccd, ccd; cdc, ede; etc.) are used.

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