Petrarchan sonnetPetrarchan sonnet
a sonnet composed of a group of eight lines (octave) with two rhymes abba abba, and a group of six lines (sestet) with two or three rhymes variously arranged, typically cde cde or cdc dcd: the thought or theme is stated and developed in the octave, and expanded, contradicted, etc. in the sestet; Italian sonnet
A sonnet containing an octave with the rhyme scheme abbaabba and a sestet following any of various patterns such as cdecde or cdcdcd. Also called Italian sonnet.
Origin of Petrarchan sonnetAfter Francesco Petrarch.
(plural Petrarchan sonnets)
Named after Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374), an Italian scholar, poet, and humanist.