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ENGL 1F91 Lecture Notes - Sestet, Petrarchan Sonnet, Quatrain


Department
English
Course Code
ENGL 1F91
Professor
Prof.Kneal

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ENGL 1F91- English Literature: Tradition and Innovation
Dr. Kneale
-poetry
-drama
-short stories
-literary and rhetorical figures
The Sonnet
Two Types of Sonnets
1. Italian also known as Petrarchan (named after the inventor)
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VOLTA
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-Octave (8)
-Sestet (6)
-14 is the standard number of lines in a sonnet written in a conventional matter and a
conventional rhyme scheme
-however there are sonnet that have fewer or more than 14 lines (called tail or long tail
sonnets)
-octave poses a questions which is then answered in the sestet
-Volta means turn
-volta refers to the turn in between the octave and the sestet
-the volta starts the turn or change in mind within the sonnet
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