Posts Tagged ‘Petrarch’

  • The Slippery Sonnet

    June 17th, 2024 | Poetry | journalpulp | No Comments

    The sonnet as a poetic form is surprisingly slippery to define. Any human unlucky enough to have witnessed my interminable sonnet-definition revisions will, at bare minimum, attest to this. Normally, of course, the sonnet is fourteen lines of iambic pentameter rhyming in some alternating fashion. This is all well — right up until the point […]

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  • Petrarch, Shakespeare, and Sonnet 73

    November 15th, 2019 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | No Comments

    The Italian poet Petrarch (1304-1374) did not invent the Petrarchan sonnet, which is also known as the Italian sonnet.┬áIt was first used by Dante (1265-1321) and then later by many of Dante’s contemporaries. Petrarch’s excellence with the form, however, especially when celebrating his beloved Laura, made the Italian sonnet more widely known, so that even […]

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