Spenserian sonnet


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Spenserian sonnet

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A sonnet form composed of three quatrains and a couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme scheme abab bcbc cdcd ee.

Spenserian sonnet

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(Poetry) prosody a sonnet form used by the poet Spenser having the rhyme scheme a b a b b c b c c d c d e e
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Noun1.Spenserian sonnet - a sonnet consisting of three quatrains and a concluding couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern abab bcbd cdcd ee
sonnet - a verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
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In his discussion of the sonnet, King lists Edmund Spenser and Shakespeare as having popularized the sonnet in English in the sixteenth century; Sir Philip Sidney would be a better example than Spenser since the Spenserian sonnet has never been a popular form; Sidney wrote Italian sonnets, and his name would go well with Shakespeare's, since they would set up the Italian and English rhyme patterns that follow.
The form of the Spenserian sonnet, ababbcbccdcdee, is close but not identical.
Now, there's also the Spenserian sonnet, but we'll look at that later.