What are the differences and similarities between the Petrarchan and Shakespearean sonnets, in a Venn diagram?
Here’s a simple Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the Petrarchan (Italian) sonnet and the Shakespearean (English) sonnet. Let’s break down the diagram to look into these similarities and differences in more detail.
Both styles are characterized by the usage of iambic pentameter, a type of poetic meter in which each line consists of five iambs. An iamb is a pattern of a short or unstressed syllable followed by a long or stressed syllable (as heard in the word “today”). All sonnets are composed of 14 lines and thematically include a technique called the volta ("turn"). The volta represents a...
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