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Meaning of Petrarchan sonnet

Petrar'chan son'net

Pronunciation: [key]
  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. Also called
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