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Transcript of Francesco Petrarch
the arms and hands and feet and lovely face
that took me from myself for such a space
of time and marked me out from other men;
the waving hair of unmixed gold that shone,
the smile that flashed with the angelic rays
that used to make this earth a paradise,
are now a little dust, all feeling gone;
and yet I live, grief and disdain to me,
left where the light I cherished never shows,
in fragile bark on the tempestuous sea.
Here let my loving song come to a close;
the vein of my accustomed art is dry,
and this, my lyre, turned at last to tears.
Sonnet 292 The Petrarchan sonnet form consists of a octave of the first eight lines of the poem, which traditionally poses a question, and the final six lines, or sestet, which resolves the poem. The rhyme scheme of sonnet 292
ABBC; DBEF; GHG; HIJ Sonnet 292 outlines the feelings and emotions of Petrarch after losing his beloved, Laura, to the black plague. Unlike Sonnet 92, where love and beauty are eternal, Petrarch, in Sonnet 292, sees love and beauty as pain and regret. 1) What was the name of the woman that Francesco Petrarch was in love with?
d) Victoria 2) In which Italian city was Petrarch born?
d) Sicily 3) The line "in fragile bark on the tempestuous sea." is an example of which of the following forms of figurative language?
d) both a and b 4) What is a lyre?
a) a musical instrument of the middle ages
b) an Italian drink
c) a fish
d) luring something into a trap Discussion Question:
Which would you prefer, a lost love or an unrequited love?