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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 Answer B. length. I wanted someone to check my answer to see if it was correct. Thank you.

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  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrarchan_sonnet

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonnet#English_.28Shakespearean.29_sonnet

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  2. A. rhyme scheme

    Because of the structure of Italian, the rhyme scheme of the Petrarchan sonnet is more easily fulfilled in that language than in English. The original Italian sonnet form divides the poem's 14 lines into two parts, the first part being an octet and the second being a sestet.

    When English sonnets were introduced by Thomas Wyatt in the early 16th century, his sonnets and those of his contemporary the Earl of Surrey were chiefly translations from the Italian of Petrarch and the French of Ronsard and others. While Wyatt introduced the sonnet into English, it was Surrey who gave it a rhyming meter, and a structural division into quatrains of a kind that now characterize the typical English sonnet.

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