[pee-trahr-kiz-uh m, pe-]
- the poetic style introduced by Petrarch and characteristic of his work, marked by complex grammatical structure, elaborate conceits, and conventionalized diction.
Also Pe·trar·chi·an·ism [pi-trahr-kee-uh-niz-uh m] /pɪˈtrɑr ki əˌnɪz əm/.
Origin of Petrarchism
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The tendency of Petrarchism was also in the direction of romanticism.A History of Literary Criticism in the Renaissance
Joel Elias Spingarn
Petrarchism became a fashion among the mediocre and a school among these above the common.Initiation into Literature
Petrarchism returned, madrigals came in vogue, the social atmosphere was deodorized again.
Lyrical poets prefer the conscious shams of Petrarchism to any genuine utterance of emotion.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature
John Addington Symonds
From this period also dates that literary phenomenon known under the name of Petrarchism.