a sonnet form popularized by Petrarch, consisting of an octave with the rhyme scheme abbaabba and of a sestet with one of several rhyme schemes, as cdecde or cdcdcd.
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Also called Italian sonnet.
Origin of Petrarchan sonnet
First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for petrarchan sonnet
a sonnet form associated with the poet Petrarch, having an octave rhyming a b b a a b b a and a sestet rhyming either c d e c d e or c d c d c dAlso called: Italian sonnet
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