Saturday, November 19, 2011

stanza in a poem

This example is the first stanza from Spenser's Faerie Queene. The formatting, wherein all lines but the first and last are indented, is the same as in printed editions of the Faerie Queene.

a new stanza to the poem.

Lo I the man, whose Muse whilome did maske,    As time her taught, in lowly Shepheards weeds,    Am now enforst a far unfitter taske,    For trumpets sterne to chaunge mine Oaten reeds,    And sing of Knights and Ladies gentle deeds;    Whose prayses hauing slept in silence long,    Me, all too meane, the sacred Muse areeds    To blazon broad emongst her learned throng: Fierce warres and faithfull loues shall moralize my song.

stanza poem on "Barsha".

Spenser's invention may have been influenced by the Italian form ottava rima, which consists of eight lines of iambic pentameter with the rhyme scheme "abababcc." This form was used by Spenser's Italian role models Ludovico Ariosto and Torquato Tasso.

2nd stanza


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stamp poem further stanzas

the last stanza of a poem

stanza of the poem the

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