Petrarchan sonnet

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Named after Italian scholar, poet and humanist Francesco Petrarca (1304–1374), who did not invent but made large use of this form in his authorship.

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Petrarchan sonnet (plural Petrarchan sonnets)

  1. (poetry) 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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