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 (spĕn′sər), Edmund 1552?-1599.
English poet known chiefly for his allegorical epic romance The Faerie Queene (1590-1596). His other works include the pastoral Shepeardes Calendar (1579) and the lyrical marriage poem Epithalamion (1595).

Spen·se′ri·an (spĕn-sîr′ē-ən) adj.
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) relating to, in the style of, or characteristic of Edmund Spenser, the English poet (?1552–99), or his poetry
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a student or imitator of Edmund Spenser
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I wrote, I wrote everything--ponderous essays, scientific and sociological short stories, humorous verse, verse of all sorts from triolets and sonnets to blank verse tragedy and elephantine epics in Spenserian stanzas.
Spenser invented for himself a new stanza of nine lines and made it famous, so that we call it after him, the Spenserian Stanza.
Although fascinating, his Spenserian 'metaphors of infection' (p.
Curbet examines this "network of associations" between Spenserian, Miltonic, and Hawthornian treatments of the trope in four of Hawthorne's stories (40).
Take for example the Spenserian tradition of allegory found in the Faerie Queene as a touchpoint for examining Gaiman's Neverwhere, or even more striking, the use of Webster's Duchesse of Malfi as a means to understanding lycanthropy as a reflection of the diseased mind, even the Lovecraftian approach to disjunctive spaces as a reaction to Einstein's theories of Timespace.
Articulated by the Elermit and actualized in the shepherds' community, Spenserian containment combats Petrarchism.
She finds these things in Shelley's similes and in his "protracted Spenserian stanzas," where she also locates "an idiom of renunciatory attachment, one that enables a loving disentanglement of human beings from one another, and from the world" (82).
"wanton wreathings intricate" of Spenserian romance, with
The Spenserian stanzas follow a protagonist's journey through Europe as it reeled from the cruel toll of revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.
Excellent form or the mastery of rhetorical devices cannot be the single critical determinant, for it is possible to use words that meet the technical requirements of a Spenserian sonnet perfectly but say nothing: communicate nothing or has no intent.
In his most recent essay "Affordances of Form in Stanzaic Narrative Poetry" McHale explores a wide range of complex stanza forms which contain interlaced end-rhymes like the ottavarima, rhyme royal, the Spenserian stanza, and the Onegin stanza.