Spenserian stanza

noun
Spen·​se·​ri·​an stanza | \ spen-ˈsir-ē-ən- How to pronounce Spenserian stanza (audio) \

Definition of Spenserian stanza

: a stanza consisting of eight lines of iambic pentameter and an alexandrine with a rhyme scheme ababbcbcc

First Known Use of Spenserian stanza

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Spenserian stanza

Edmund Spenser

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The first known use of Spenserian stanza was in 1817

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Cite this Entry

“Spenserian stanza.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Spenserian%20stanza. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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