Spenserian sonnet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Spenserian sonnet a sonnet consisting of three quatrains and a concluding couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern abab bcbd cdcd ee
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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
The Spenserian sonnet, however, has found no favor with later poets.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
The poem, in a gentle Spenserian vein, has no connection with the 'Sonnets.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
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