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petrarchan sonnet

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Named after Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374), an Italian scholar, poet, and humanist.

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Petrarchan sonnet

  1. A sonnet comprising of an octave and a closing sestet, following the rhyme scheme of either abba abba cde cde or abba abba cd cd cd or abba abba cce dde or abba abba cdd cee. The first type of sonnet. Also known as Italian sonnet.

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