a person who imitates the literary style employed by Petrarch, especially the poets of the English Renaissance who employed the Petrarchan sonnet style.
- Also Petrarchan.
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How to use Petrarchist in a sentence
Surrey, while adopting the form of the sonnet, kept quite clear of the Petrarchist's mannerism.Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series | John Addington Symonds
Even Michelangelo Buonarroti was at times a Petrarchist, but his poems bear the stamp of his extraordinary and original genius.
The Petrarchist would have loathed the Platonist as a moral Pariah.A Problem in Greek Ethics | John Addington Symonds