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Spenserian Metre (The)

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The metre in which Spenser’s Faërie Queene is written. It is a stanza of nine iambic lines, all of ten syllables except the last, which is an Alexandrine. Only three different rhymes are admitted into a stanza, and these rhymes are thus disposed: Lines 1 and 3 rhyme; lines 2, 4, 5, 7 rhyme; lines 6, 8, 9 rhyme; thus:—

1

ride

2

low

3

side

4

throw

5

snow

6

had

7

blow

8

lad

9

sad (an alexandrine).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Speculate
Speech
Speed
Spell (A)
Spellbinders
Spelter
Spence
Spencer
Spendthrift
Spenser (Edmund)
Spenserian Metre (The)
Spent
Spheres
Sphinx (The Egyptian)
Spice
Spick and Span New
Spider
Spidireen or Spidereen
Spigot
Spilt Milk
Spindle-half