Spenserian stanza

noun

Spen·​se·​ri·​an stanza spen-ˈsir-ē-ən- How to pronounce Spenserian stanza (audio)
: a stanza consisting of eight lines of iambic pentameter and an alexandrine with a rhyme scheme ababbcbcc

Word History

Etymology

Edmund Spenser

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Spenserian stanza was in 1817

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“Spenserian stanza.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Spenserian%20stanza. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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