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  • adj. Of or relating to Francesco Petrarch, a renowned Renaissance Italian humanist.


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Petrarch +‎ -an


  • Sophist in Petrarchan and Promethean trappings and alluding freely to Byron's biography, Hemans leaves little doubt that her target is

    Scepticism and Its Costs: Hemans's Reading of Byron

  • In addition to reminding me of my own difficulties and insecurities when doing my first research as a graduate student (my friends are probably wearied of the tale of how Arthur Marotti justifiably disemboweled my first Shakespeare paper because of my misuse of the term "Petrarchan"), it also reminded me of how opaque academic culture can look from the outside.

    Squire (and TORn)'s Academic Adventure

  • This strict "Petrarchan" form has endured for six centuries.

    A Study of Poetry

  • Mark Pattison, a stout "Petrarchan," lays down these rules in the Preface to his edition of Milton's Sonnets:

    A Study of Poetry

  • May I suggest, that in honouring the promise you made your wife, the sonnet form you choose is the Italian Sonnet form, which is Petrarchan; so obviously will be in iambic pentameter, but the most comfortable and (in my opinion) elegant form: abbacddceffegg.

    Roses and poems « Write Anything

  • The form and content are as rigid and unchangeable as a Petrarchan sonnet or a Noh play, starting with a young person having a premonition of a catastrophic accident that saves the lives of a number of people, most of them from his own circle.

    Final Destination 5 – review

  • The familiar semi-magical Petrarchan markers are in place – a forest where the weary lover-hunter will lose his way, the elusive and singular deer who is both prey and fatal enchantress.

    Love in literature

  • He also comments, showing the novel's glinting humor, that an opposing team's warm-up drills are "as crisp as Petrarchan sonnets."

    Call Me Safe, Ishmael

  • "Romeo" means "pilgrim to Rome" and Mr. Goold's painstaking direction makes the most of the lovers 'word-playful exchange (in Petrarchan sonnet form, Act 1, scene V) where Romeo says, "My lips, two blushing pilgrims ready stand ..."

    Energetic 'Romeo and Juliet' Triumphs

  • Further, she refused the subservient position assigned to her as an object of amorous exchange between male Petrarchan poets.

    Lapham's Quarterly: Call-Girls and Courtesans: Getting An Education in 2009 and 1570


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