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What does Petrarch's Sonnet 90 say about true love, and what poetic techniques does he use? Petrarch: Sonnet 90...

In Sonnet 90, Petrarch expresses two main ideas about love: one is that his love for Laura does not fade over time and as she ages; the second is that his love for her is painful because it is not...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 5:33 pm UTC

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What images, symbols, and metaphors are found in Petrarch's poems?

There is not enough space here to discuss all of the images, symbols, and metaphors in Petrarch's sonnets. He devised his own style of sonnet. The Petrarchan sonnet follows a set rhyme scheme of...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2008 6:42 am UTC

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What does Petrarch's "Sonnet 131" ("I'd sing of Love in such a novel fashion") mean?

In Sonnet 131, Petrarch writes of his ambition to express his love in such a new way as to claim the attention of both his mistress and posterity. There is some irony in this, since the tropes he...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2020 6:06 am UTC

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Analyze the meaning and literary devices in Petrarch's sonnet beginning with "The gentle breeze." 

In this sonnet, Petrach explores the paradox of love: it both lightens his spirit and yet wearies him. He calls these dual emotions "double lights." Love burns as well as delights him, and he feels...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 1:37 pm UTC

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In "Sonnet 131" (I'd sing of Love in such a novel fashion) by Petrarch, what is the intent of the author/speaker?...

The speaker conveys a couple of intentions in this poem. First, he wishes to turn the "cold mind" of an unnamed woman into thoughts of more passionate feelings. He believes that through his art, he...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 4:07 am UTC

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In what sense is Petrarch insincere in Sonnet 18 (sonnet inside)?  a. Through professing his desire to be alone, he...

The best answer choice is C: "While failing to describe his lover's beauty, he still manages to flatter her." Petrarch's "Sonnet 18" is about Laura's beauty and the way it evades proper...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018 2:29 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2019 6:27 am UTC

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What is the form of Petrarch's Sonnet 90? (explain the sestet and octet)

Sonnet 90 has the rhyme scheme we identify as typical of the Petrarchan sonnet: ABBAABBA CDEDCE. Often commentators will regard the first eight lines, the octet, as expressing the basic premise of...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018 3:57 am UTC

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What is the the tone of Petrarch's Sonnet 90: "She used to let her golden hair fly free"?

The speaker's tone is one of quiet disillusion and sadness. He once was in love. The beloved's eyes once seemed more radiant "than the west," but they no longer do so. The fire of love once burned...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2018 1:00 am UTC

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How can I analyze Petrarch's "Sonnet 90"?

Sonnet 90 "Erano i capei d’oro a l’aura sparsi" ("She let her gold hair scatter in the breeze") is a poem from Petrarch's collection Il Canzoniere (English: Song Book) sometimes referred to as the...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2016 8:45 am UTC

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Are the lines in this sonnet by Petrarch, are an example of an octave, sestet, quatrain or couplet? Sonnet follows...

The lines you are quotes are taken from the first poem in Il Canzoniere by the Italian poet Francesco Petrarch. This book, titled Rime Sparse (Scattered Rhymes) or Il Canzoniere (Song Book), was...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2012 9:58 pm UTC

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In Petrarch's Sonnet 131, what do "scarlet roses" represent?

The speaker in Sonnet 131 is lamenting the fact that his love is not returned, but simultaneously saying that he's triumphing over the situation. The basic message is that one can see or interpret...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2020 5:51 am UTC

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What is the Petrarchan mode in literature? Literature

The Petrarchan Mode in literature refers to the particular structure of Petrarchan Sonnets. Sonnets are 14 line poems with a very rigorous structure, and there are two main types of Sonnets:...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2009 1:18 am UTC

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What gender roles are reflected in the sonnets of Petrarch?

[The scope of your question was too broad for the limitations of eNotes format so required cutting down.] She ruled in beauty o'er this heart of mine,A noble lady in a humble home,And now her time...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2013 10:59 pm UTC

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How are the sonnets of Petrarch and Shakespeare alike and different?

The sonnet (from the Italian sonetto, meaning "little song") is a fourteen-line lyric poem, invented in the Renaissance, and perfected by the 14th century humanist Francesco Petrarch. A remarkably...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2013 9:28 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast "I’d Sing of Love in Such a Novel Fashion” and “ Alone, and Lost in Thought, the Desert Glade”...

Both of thees two beautiful sonnets deal with unrequired love; I would suggest using that as the basis for your comparison. Both speakers also deal with their sorrow over unrequired love by taking...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2011 4:07 am UTC

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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,...

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...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2012 8:45 am UTC

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How might one describe the so-called "Petrarchan poets" who wrote in English in the sixteenth century?

Many English poets of the sixteenth century might fairly be described as "Petrarchan poets," because they imitated the themes, forms, and style associated with the fourteenth-century Italian poet...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2012 9:42 am UTC

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What is the relationship between La Celestina & Petrarch, whose work is quoted continously throughout Rojas's work?

Rojas' La Celestina is about a "procuress" that one major character, Calisto, goes to when Melibea rejects his declaration of love—a natural step in courtly love. Celestina decides to fleece...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2012 8:35 am UTC

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What is a summary of “It Was On That Day When the Sun’s Ray Was Darkened." What poetic devices are used?

In this poem, the speaker describes how he has been struck by Love's arrow on a day when "the sun's ray was darkened"—presumably, during a solar eclipse. The speaker personifies Love almost as a...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 11:17 am UTC

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In what ways were the Italian poetry and the humanist philosophy significant in history?

Italian poetry and humanist philosophy significant as ushering in what is termed the "Renaissance" or "rebirth". The Renaissance marked a widespread transformation in European culture.First, in the...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2012 1:24 am UTC

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What caused the change in the medieval world leading up to the Renaissance as explained in the work of Petrarch?...

One of the most significant happenings of the Medieval period that paved the way for the Renaissance was, ironically, the Bubonic Plague, also known as the Black Death. The plague started in Asia...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019 1:44 am UTC

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Explain the difference between Anthropo-centrism and Theo-centrism?

The word "anthropocentrism" refers to placing man at the center of one's worldview, and "theocentrism" refers to a God-centered worldview. Since Petrarch is the subject of this question, it likely...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2019 3:23 am UTC

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How has Petrarch himself or his writings have been significant throughout history?

As one of the pioneers in a literary and intellectual movement known as humanism, Petrarch helped to inaugurate a new curriculum of learning in western culture that emphasized the Greek and Roman...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2012 1:20 am UTC

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