Venus and Adonis stanza

Definition of Venus and Adonis stanza

: a stanza consisting of an iambic pentameter quatrain and couplet with the rhyme scheme ababcc

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History and Etymology for Venus and Adonis stanza

from Venus and Adonis (1593), poem in this stanza by William Shakespeare †1616 English dramatist and poet

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“Venus and Adonis stanza.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Venus%20and%20Adonis%20stanza. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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