Spenserian stanza
noun Etymology: Edmund Spenser Date: 1817 a stanza consisting of eight verses of iambic pentameter and an alexandrine with a rhyme scheme ababbcbcc

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  • 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

  • Spenserian stanza — The Spenserian stanza is a fixed verse form invented by Edmund Spenser for his epic poem The Faerie Queene . Spenser intended this poem to be many thousands of Spenserian stanzas, hence its epic name, but he died before even 1/4 of his goal was… …   Wikipedia

  • Spenserian stanza — the stanza used by Spenser in his Faerie Queene and employed since by other poets, consisting of eight iambic pentameter lines and a final Alexandrine, with a rhyme scheme of ababbcbcc. [1810 20] * * * ▪ poetic form       verse form that consists …   Universalium

  • Spenserian stanza — noun 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 • Hypernyms: ↑stanza …   Useful english dictionary

  • Spenserian stanza — noun the stanza used by Spenser in The Faerie Queene, consisting of eight iambic pentameters and an alexandrine, with the rhyming scheme ababbcbcc …   English new terms dictionary

  • Spenserian stanza — Spense′rian stan′za n. pro the stanza used by Spenser in his Faerie Queene (1590–96), consisting of eight iambic pentameter lines and a final Alexandrine, with a rhyme scheme of ababbcbcc[/ex] • Etymology: 1810–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • Spenserian stanza — /spɛnˌsɪəriən ˈstænzə/ (say spen.searreeuhn stanzuh) noun the stanza used by Spenser in his Faerie Queene and employed since by other poets, consisting of eight iambic pentameter lines and a final Alexandrine, with a rhyme scheme of ababbcbcc …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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

  • stanza — stanzaed, adj. stanzaic /stan zay ik/, stanzaical, adj. stanzaically, adv. /stan zeuh/, n. Pros. an arrangement of a certain number of lines, usually four or more, sometimes having a fixed length, meter, or rhyme scheme, forming a division of a… …   Universalium

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