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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 A. rhyme scheme. Am I Correct?

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  1. I don't think so.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrarch%27s_and_Shakespeare%27s_sonnets

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

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    posted by Reed
  2. I think its d.

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    posted by Alana
  3. No, it's not d.

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    posted by Reed
  4. Just looked it up and its A.

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

  6. 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.

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    posted by Justine
  7. Aha! The textbook! What a novel idea!!

    I'm glad you found your answer.

  8. 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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