Petrarchan Sonnet Definition
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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Origin of Petrarchan Sonnet
Named after Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374), an Italian scholar, poet, and humanist.
After Francesco Petrarch
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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