Petrarchan-sonnet definitions

A sonnet containing an octave with the rhyme scheme abbaabba and a sestet following any of various patterns such as cdecde or cdcdcd.
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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.
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A sonnet comprising of an octet 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.
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Origin of petrarchan-sonnet

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