The sonetto rispetto is a specialized form of poetry related to the more well-known sonnet. It was created and popularized in Italy during the historical period known as the Renaissance (14th to 17th centuries C.E.) A sonetto rispetto has 8 lines of iambic pentameter (though some poets experimented with hexameter or other meters) per stanza, in a rhyme scheme of either a b a b a b c c, or a b a b c c d d. This form was used for composing improvised folk music using popular tunes, and the subject matter was usually an address of love from a gentleman to a lady.

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