Italian sonnet


Definition of Italian sonnet

: a sonnet consisting of an octave rhyming abba abba and a sestet rhyming in any of various patterns (such as cde cde or cdc dcd)

called also Petrarchan sonnet

First Known Use of Italian sonnet

1613, in the meaning defined above

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“Italian sonnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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