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Bina

Type:  

Structure, Metrical Requirement, End Word Requirement, Isosyllabic

 
Description: 

Bob Newman has taken the general idea of the sestina and extended it both upwards and downwards from the six-line stanza it normally uses. The Bina is the two-line stanza version. Like the sestina, it is preferable to use isosyllabic lines.

 
Attributed to: 

Bob Newman

 
Origin: 

England

 
Schematic: 
End word repetition pattern:
12
21

Envoy: (12)
 
Strengths: 

It is much shorter and more practical that the sestina.

 
Weaknesses: 

Having shorter stanzas, the end words come back very quickly, so while it isn't as repetitive and possibly monotonous as the sestina, they will be a very strong presence in the poem. This could make the poem somewhat comic, intentionally or not.

 
Starting Point: 

Because it is only five lines, the flexibility of the end words is not nearly as important as in the sestina; however, they should be chosen well enough that they can be used three times each in five lines and not grate on the nerves.

 
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 

2

 
Line/Poem Length: 

5

 
Reference: 

Reference Link

 
See Also:  

Decrina, Ocarina, Quartina, Quintina, Rhymed Double Sestina, Sestina, Sidney's Double Sestina, Swinburne's Double Sestina, Swinburne's Rhymed Sestina, Tritrina

 
Status: 

Complete

 

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