"Oh, nothing but a few stanzas of Spenserian stuff," was the answer.
The poem, in a gentle Spenserian vein, has no connection with the ‘Sonnets.’
One of the most important Modern English stanzas is the Spenserian, so called after its inventor.
The Castle of Indolence, an allegorical poem in the Spenserian stanza, generally considered to be his masterpiece.
On leaving England I began to write a poem in the Spenserian measure.
The style was frequently detestable—a mixture of sham Spenserian and mock Wordsworthian, alternately florid and arid.
This is still far below the Spenserian stanza, and the colour is inferior to that of Giles.
Like the Spenserian stanza, the Epithalamium stanza has given rise to numerous imitations.
Mr. Lowell occasionally makes use of somewhat quaint, Spenserian expressions, but generally with peculiar effect.
This order of rimes reminds us of that in the Spenserian stanza, and must have been devised by Spenser at about the same time.
1817, from Edmund Spenser (c.1552-1599), Elizabethan poet. Spenserian stanza, which he employed in the "Faerie Queen," consists of eight decasyllabic lines and a final Alexandrine, with rhyme scheme ab ab bc bcc. For the origin of the surname, see Spencer.
"The measure soon ceases to be Spenser's except in its mere anatomy of rhyme-arrangement" [Elton, "Survey of English Literature 1770-1880," 1920]; it is the meter in Butler's "Hudibras," Scott's "Lady of the Lake," and notably the "Childe Harold" of Byron, who found (quoting Beattie) that it allowed him to be "either droll or pathetic, descriptive or sentimental, tender or satirical, as the humour strikes me; for, if I mistake not, the measure which I have adopted admits equally of all these kinds of composition."