|Italian (or Petrarchan) Sonnet
One of the 'standards' of sonnet writing, the Italian, or
Petrarchan, sonnet is somewhat different than those we have
attempted before. The form consists of two parts.. an octet
(eight lines) with the rhyme scheme of abbaabba and a sestet
(six lines) with a choice of rhyme schemes cdecde (Italian) or
cdcdcd (Sicillian). Either is acceptable.
The octave sets up a situation upon which the sestet comments.
Alternatively, the octave makes a statement, the sestet a
In most definitions of the form, lines are structured in iambic
pentameter so for our purpose we will do the same here.
So in review...
14 lines--an octet and sestet
Rhyme scheme--abbaabba cdecde OR abbaabba cdcdcd