posted by Justine

Which of the following do Petrarchan and Shakespearean sonnets have in common?
A. rhyme scheme
B. length
C. question and answer format
D. Both are organized as an octet and a sestet

I chose A. rhyme scheme. Am I Correct?

  1. Reed

    I don't think so.


    Your text may have other ideas. What does it say?

  2. Alana

    I think its d.

  3. Reed

    No, it's not d.

  4. Susan

    Just looked it up and its A.

  5. Writeacher

    Susan is incorrect. Re-read what Reed posted -- pay attention to details. Do those rhyme schemes look identical?

  6. Justine

    Its C but thank you for helping! I just read in my textbook that Petrarchan sonnets has two parts, an eight-line section, called octave, followed by a six line section, called the sestet. This form makes the Italian sonnet perfectly suited for a two-part statement: question-answer, problem solution, or theme-comment. It shows an example of each sonnet in my book. Petrarch goes by the rhyme scheme abbaabba etc. while Shakespeare goes by abab cdcd. Also Petrarch goes by octave, volta, and sestet, which Shakespeare goes by first quatrain, second quatrain, third quatrain, and couplet.

  7. Writeacher

    Aha! The textbook! What a novel idea!!

    I'm glad you found your answer.

  8. Justine

    Thank you for your help! You guys helped me narrow it down. The textbook was confusing me because like Susan, I also thought it was the rhyme scheme at first until I really looked at it!

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