Spenserian sonnet

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Named after English poet Edmund Spenser (1552–1559) and associated with his authorship.


Spenserian sonnet (plural Spenserian sonnets)

  1. (poetry) A sonnet comprising three quatrains with the latter rhyme part being carried over from one quatrain to the next, and a concluding couplet, therefore comprising a rhyme scheme of abab bcbc cdcd ee.

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