Petrarchan sonnet

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

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Petrarchan sonnet ‎(plural Petrarchan sonnets)

  1. 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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