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[pee-trahrk, pe-] /ˈpi trɑrk, ˈpɛ-/

(Francesco Petrarca) 1304–74, Italian poet and scholar.
Italian name Francesco Petrarca. 1304–74, Italian lyric poet and scholar, who greatly influenced the values of the Renaissance. His collection of poems Canzoniere, inspired by his ideal love for Laura, was written in the Tuscan dialect. He also wrote much in Latin, esp the epic poem Africa (1341) and the Secretum (1342), a spiritual self-analysis


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    [pi-trahr-kuh n] /pɪˈtrɑr kən/ adjective, Also, Petrarchian [pi-trahr-kee-uh n] /pɪˈtrɑr ki ən/ (Show IPA) 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the works of . 2. characteristic or imitative of the style of . noun 3. . adj. 1827 (Keats uses Petrarchal, 1818), from Francesco Petrarch (Italian Petrarca) the poet (1304-1374).

  • Petrarchan-sonnet

    noun 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. noun 1. a sonnet form associated with the poet Petrarch, having an octave rhyming a b b a a b b a and a […]

  • Petrarchist

    [pee-trahr-kist, pe-] /ˈpi trɑr kɪst, ˈpɛ-/ noun 1. a person who imitates the literary style employed by , especially the poets of the English Renaissance who employed the Petrarchan sonnet style.

  • Petrarchism

    [pee-trahr-kiz-uh m, pe-] /ˈpi trɑrˌkɪz əm, ˈpɛ-/ noun 1. the poetic style introduced by and characteristic of his work, marked by complex grammatical structure, elaborate conceits, and conventionalized diction.

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