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How do the lines below fit into the rhyme scheme of Petrarch's sonnet?The lines below...

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homeschool11 | Salutatorian

Posted February 16, 2012 at 8:28 AM via web

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How do the lines below fit into the rhyme scheme of Petrarch's sonnet?

The lines below are an example of an octave, sestet, quatrain or couplet

 

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Yet I see clearly now I have become an old tale amongst all these people, so that it often makes me ashamed of myself;

and shame is the fruit of my vanities, and remorse, and the clearest knowledge of how the world's delight is a brief dream.

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 16, 2012 at 8:45 AM (Answer #1)

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The sonnet by Petrarch, called ‘Voi ch’ascoltate in rime sparse il suono’ in Italian and sometimes translated as “You who hear the sound, in scattered rhymes,” is a classic Petrarchan sonnet, in the form of an octave, consisting of eight lines in the form of two open quatrains, and a sestet, consisting of six lines with two rhyme sounds, with no fixed order to the use of the rhyme sounds.  The final six lines of the poem constitute the sestet an the first eight lines of the poem constitute the octave.

If you are trying to analyse the meter of an Italian poem, even if you don’t know Italian, it’s worth looking at the original to get a sense of the sound pattern, as not all English translations follow the rhyme scheme of the Italian. Technically, the translation you cite is written in free verse.

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