Petrarchan Sonnet: Rhyme Scheme, Format & Example Poems


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Where did the term 'Petrarchan' in 'Petrarchan sonnet' come from?

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1. Which of the following statements is FALSE?

2. What is a volta?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Petrarchan sonnet, or Italian sonnet, is a sonnet that was first introduced in the 14th century and is still around today. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of this kind of poem by asking you questions about its origin and characteristics, as well as related vocabulary terms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test your knowledge of the following:

  • Meter associated with a Petrarchan sonnet
  • The origin of the word 'Petrarchan' in a Petrarchan sonnet
  • Definition of 'volta'
  • An unusual aspect of Mehigan's The Professor
  • Line structure and rhyme scheme of a Petrarchan sonnet

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about lines, meter and rhyme scheme from the related lesson on Petrarchan sonnets
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the use of a Petrarchan sonnet in a contemporary poem
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define and/or trace the linguistic origin of main phrases and terms, such as Petrarchan and volta

Additional Learning

For further study of this type of sonnet, check out the corresponding lesson called Petrarchan Sonnet: Rhyme Scheme, Format & Example Poems. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define terms related to poetry, such as received form, iamb and iambic pentameter, octave and sestet
  • Explore some of the most common forms of rhyme schemes
  • Analyze classical and contemporary examples of a Petrarchan sonnet