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Petrarchan sonnet vs. Shakespearean sonnet

  1. 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.
  1. a sonnet form used by Shakespeare and having the rhyme scheme abab, cdcd, efef, gg.

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