Spenserian Spen*se"ri*an, a. Of or pertaining to the English poet Spenser; -- specifically applied to the stanza used in his poem ``The Fa["e]rie Queene.'' [1913 Webster]

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  • Spenserian — 1817, from Edmund Spenser (c.1552 1599), Elizabethan poet. Spenserian stanza, which he employed in the Faerie Queen, consists of eight decasyllabic lines and a final Alexandrine, with rhyme scheme ab ab bc bcc. For the origin of the surname, see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Spenserian — [spen sir′ē ən] adj. of or characteristic of Edmund Spenser or his writing n. 1. a follower or imitator of Spenser 2. a Spenserian stanza, or poem in such stanzas …   English World dictionary

  • Spenserian — /spen sear ee euhn/, adj. 1. of or characteristic of Spenser or his work. n. 2. an imitator of Spenser. 3. See Spenserian stanza. 4. verse in Spenserian stanzas. [1810 20; SPENSER + IAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • Spenserian — /spɛnˈsɪəriən/ (say spen searreeuhn) adjective 1. of or characteristic of Edmund Spenser, or of his work. –noun 2. an imitator of Spenser. 3. a Spenserian stanza. 4. verse in Spenserian stanzas …   Australian English dictionary

  • spenserian — adj. of, relating to, or in the style of Edmund Spenser, Engl. poet d. 1599. Phrases and idioms: Spenserian stanza the stanza used by Spenser in the Faerie Queene, with eight iambic pentameters and an alexandrine, rhyming ababbcbcc. Etymology: E …   Useful english dictionary

  • Spenserian — adjective see Spenser …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Spenserian — 1. adjective Of or pertaining to (c.1552–1599), English poet, or his works. 2. noun One of a group of poets who imitated Spenser …   Wiktionary

  • Spenserian — [spɛn sɪərɪən] adjective relating to the English poet Edmund Spenser (c.1552–99) or his works …   English new terms dictionary

  • spenserian — spen·se·ri·an …   English syllables

  • Spenserian stanza — n. a stanza consisting of eight lines of iambic pentameter and a final line of iambic hexameter (an alexandrine), with a rhyme scheme ababbcbcc, used by Spenser in The Fairie Queene …   English World dictionary

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