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.
Sources for this writeup: http://www.fuguemasters.com/malipier.html, http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Strasse/9282/sonnet.htm.