In Petrarch's Sonnet 333, how do we understand the speaker's relationship to Laura?

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In this sonnet, the speaker mourns the death of his beloved Laura, whom he variously describes as "my dear" and "my Laura." It is clear this was no idle fancy between them—the speaker is so moved by the loss of his love that he is thinking already of the future in which he, too, will die and she will be reunited with him again in heaven. He is "sick" of being alive without her and writes this poem in the hope that his rhymes will travel to her and convey this information. He asks that the words should tell her he is distracted from everything he should be doing in his life because he can do nothing but think about his grief over her, and spends all his time praising her and lamenting her passing.

The speaker, then, we can understand to have been...

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