Petrarch Sonnet – For I Have Loved You

I Have Loved You

Petrarch
For I Have Loved You.

When I reflect how my life is going
then I find within me more that is true,
and more is at peace, for I have loved you,
because of you life’s beauty is flowing.
It seems love for you has been forever,
I wonder if perhaps there is still more,
murmurs, another time, a life before,
ere we knew love is with us forever.
We are kindred, it is in my spirit
I will love you for all eternity,
now I know that this love is friendship true.
Forever will I cherish, revere it,
love for all things is more precious for me,
e’en life itself is, for I have loved you.

~~~

Author’s Note

Petrarchan Sonnet

The sonnet was created by Giacomo da Lentini, head of the Sicilian School under
Emperor Frederick II. Guittone d’Arezzo rediscovered it and brought it to Tuscany
where he adapted it to his language when he founded the Siculo-Tuscan School, or
Guittonian school of poetry (1235–1294). He wrote almost 250 sonnets. Other Italian
poets of the time, including Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) and Guido Cavalcanti (c.
1250–1300), wrote sonnets, but the most famous early sonneteer was Petrarch. Other
fine examples were written by Michelangelo.

The structure of a typical Italian sonnet of the time included two parts that together
formed a compact form of “argument”. First, the octave, forms the “proposition”, which
describes a “problem”, or “question”, followed by a sestet (two tercets), which
proposes a “resolution”. Typically, the ninth line initiates what is called the
“turn”, or “volta”, which signals the move from proposition to resolution. Even in
sonnets that don’t strictly follow the problem/resolution structure, the ninth line
still often marks a “turn” by signaling a change in the tone, mood, or stance of the
poem. Note that my ninth line does mark a turn from deep romantic love to an
everlasting love for a friend.

I have used the ABBA ABBA octave pattern which is the standard for Italian sonnets,
followed by a sestet of CDE CDE. For the sestet there were two different
possibilities: CDE CDE and CDC CDC. Petrarch typically used an ABBA ABBA pattern for
the octave, followed by either CDE CDE or CDC CDC rhymes in the sestet.

I know this information on a sonnet can be too technical, too dry, or downright boring to some,
but, I do hope you enjoyed reading my sonnet.

© 2018 Phyllis Doyle Burns

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I have always liked to write.It is important to me that I write with spirit and heart. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. Thank you for visiting.
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I have always liked to write. It is important to me that I write with spirit and heart. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. Thank you for visiting.

10 thoughts on “Petrarch Sonnet – For I Have Loved You

    • October 2, 2018 at 10:45 PM
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      So pleased you appreciated it, Tony. I worked on the sonnet for 3 days to get the right words I felt. Thank you. Take care.

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  • October 3, 2018 at 9:37 AM
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    Very nicely done Phyllis. Nice sonnet. Beautiful sentiment of love.

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  • October 4, 2018 at 3:24 PM
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    For I have Loved you, what a beautiful title of this sonnet Phyllis. For many of us have loved and lost and others for life have thrived in love, I honor them. I too loved your sentiment and your very impressive authors notes of a Petrarchan Sonnet. Well done my dear poet.

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    • October 4, 2018 at 10:09 PM
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      Thank you so much, Vincent, for such uplifting and very kind words. You know, a love like I write of is so special. Even though it is not returned in the same way, a far greater gift of love is found with the eternal love of and for a dear friend. I am so glad you enjoyed the sonnet. Take care.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 3:20 AM
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    Lovely sonnet, beautifully written. Thank you for the information about the Petrarchan Sonnet, this is the first time I am reading such a sonnet.

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    • October 21, 2018 at 4:06 AM
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      Thank you, Nithya. I am so glad you enjoyed the sonnet and happy to have you stop by. Take care.

      Reply

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