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I am trying to avoid repeting the word "sonnet" 3 times in a row in the same sentence. Given all the attributes and commas and also the fact that there are not many appropriate e specific synonyms for "sonnet, I am struggling a lot to do it.

This is what I think I should avoid:

The two traditional and most popular forms of sonnets are the Italian, or Petrarchan, sonnet and the English, or Shakesperean, sonnet.

Would this version be ok?

The two traditional and most popular forms of sonnets are the Italian, or Petrarchan, and the English, or Shakesperean, sonnet.

Or should I maybe try to use "one" instead of sonnet?

The two traditional and most popular forms of sonnets are the Italian, or Petrarchan, one and the English, or Shakesperean, one.

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I would go with:

The two traditional and most popular forms of sonnets are the Italian or Petrarchan, and the English or Shakespearean sonnet.

Two "sonnets" shouldn't be a problem. Also you don't need so many commas.

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