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Example of Spenserian Sonnet

The Spenserian sonnet is a variation on the English form of the sonnet, developed by Edmund Spenser in the 16th century. The primary difference between Spenserian sonnets is the rhyme pattern, based on a progressive series of rhymes, abab,bcbc,cdcd ee, three quatrains and a couplet. This arrangement is actually closer to modern musical lyrical forms than other types of sonnet. A sonnet is typically a 14 line poem, and was structured accordingly, but Spenserian sonnets use their structure effectively, with the final lines of the couplet independent of the other lines.

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Edmund Spenser.