Spenserian stanza

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Spenserian stanza a stanza with eight lines of iambic pentameter and a concluding Alexandrine with the rhyme pattern abab bcbc c "the Spenserian stanza was introduced by Edmund Spenser in The Faerie Queene"
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Usage

In literature:

Unhappily the sonnets of Shakspeare differ as much in this respect from those of Petrarch, as from a Spenserian or an octave stanza.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
What is meant by the Spenserian stanza?
"English Literature" by William J. Long
The claim made by the poet's biographers that he preceded Thomson in reintroducing the Spenserian stanza is groundless.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
It could not have been written in the Spenserian stanza.
"Essays Æsthetical" by George Calvert
It is in the Spenserian stanza.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
Translated into English Verse in the Spenserian Stanza.
"Cattle and Cattle-breeders" by William M'Combie
This last is a beautiful translation in the Spenserian stanza, of which a second edition appeared in 1868, in two octavo volumes.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
Spenserian stanza, Byron's admiration for, 197.
"Studies in Literature and History" by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
This is still far below the Spenserian stanza, and the colour is inferior to that of Giles.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
Childe Harold and other important poems are composed in the Spenserian stanza.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
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