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Spenserian Metre

(The). 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:-

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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