Definition of Petrarchan sonnet

1. Noun. A sonnet consisting of an octave with the rhyme pattern abbaabba, followed by a sestet with the rhyme pattern cdecde or cdcdcd.

Exact synonyms: Italian Sonnet
Generic synonyms: Sonnet

Definition of Petrarchan sonnet

1. Noun. A sonnet comprising of an octave 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''. The first type of sonnet. Also known as Italian sonnet. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Petrarchan Sonnet

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Petri dish
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Literary usage of Petrarchan sonnet

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Sonnets on the Sonnet: An Anthology (1898)
"THE Petrarchan sonnet If thou canst mould thy work as Winter does, Who helps, not hides its beauty, line on line Intricately maintaining his design Through ..."

2. Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Record and a Study by William Sharp (1882)
"For the poem that is " a moment's monument," the embodiment of one emotion, one thought, the Petrarchan sonnet is not only better than the Shakespearian but ..."

3. The Poetical Works of Ebenezer Elliott by Ebenezer Elliott (1876)
"I never liked the measure of the legitimate or Petrarchan sonnet. There is a disagreeable break in the melody, after the eighth line. That Milton felt this, ..."

4. The circus (1921)
"Of course you will find exceptions to the rules I •have stated, you will find poets who have combined the Shakespearean and Petrarchan sonnet. ..."

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