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1. The Petrarchan sonnet or Italian sonnet
lit. an eight line stanza, called an octave, which is followed by a six line stanza, called a sestet. The initial octave has two quatrains 4 lines that generally rhyme abba, abba. The first of these quatrains offers the theme, whilst the second develops this main idea. Later in the sestet, the primary three lines offer a reflection on or exemplify the theme. The final three lines bring the poem to a cohesive end. The sestet is sometimes arranged cdecde, cdcdcd, or cdedce.
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