Petrarchism [pee-trahr-kiz-uh m, pe-] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun the poetic style introduced by Petrarch and characteristic of his work, marked by complex grammatical structure, elaborate conceits, and conventionalized diction.

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  • Also Pe·trar·chi·an·ism [pi-trahr-kee-uh-niz-uh m] /pɪˈtrɑr ki əˌnɪz əm/. Origin of Petrarchism First recorded in 1880–85; Petrarch + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for petrarchism Historical Examples of petrarchism

  • The tendency of Petrarchism was also in the direction of romanticism.

    A History of Literary Criticism in the Renaissance

    Joel Elias Spingarn

  • Petrarchism became a fashion among the mediocre and a school among these above the common.

    Initiation into Literature

    Emile Faguet

  • Petrarchism returned, madrigals came in vogue, the social atmosphere was deodorized again.

    Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern

    Edgar Saltus

  • Lyrical poets prefer the conscious shams of Petrarchism to any genuine utterance of emotion.

    Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature

    John Addington Symonds

  • From this period also dates that literary phenomenon known under the name of Petrarchism.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 8


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