Monday, July 30, 2007

I need a lit fix

I need a break from packing closets full of mittens and snow boots. Winter coats in July are depressing. So here is your guerilla lit lesson for today.

The Spenserian stanza is a fixed verse form invented by Edmund Spenser specifically for his epic poem The Faerie Queene. Which is one of my all time fave pieces of lit. You may already know (because you are so smart!) that each verse contains nine lines: eight lines in iambic pentameter followed by a single 'Alexandrine' line in iambic hexameter.Quite diff from Will eh? The rhyme scheme Spenser uses is "ababbcbcc." Nobody used it much (cuz Will's was soooo awesome) and it nearly went extinct until Lord Byron picked it up and ran with it in Childe Harolde's Pilgrimmage which is also lovely and decadent. Damn hippy poets.

1 comment:

Lilim said...

Great Gods, I can't believe that sounded familiar, after barely scraping by in that unit of English class... something must've stuck, in this mucky brain of mine. ^-^