Petrarchan sonnet


Pe·​trar·​chan sonnet pi-ˈträr-kən- How to pronounce Petrarchan sonnet (audio)

Examples of Petrarchan sonnet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This 14-line pseudo-sonnet roughly follows the structure of a Petrarchan sonnet with its octave (first eight lines) stating a tension and the sestet (final six lines) including a volta (or turn). New York Times, 5 May 2022

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Word History


Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca)

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Petrarchan sonnet was circa 1909

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“Petrarchan sonnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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