Definition of Spenserian in US English:

Spenserian

adjective

  • Relating to or characteristic of the English poet Edmund Spenser or his works.

    ‘a prose romance of Spenserian allegory’
    • ‘This essay shows how feminist readings have given us a renewed interest in the Spenserian imagination.’
    • ‘His Spenserian translation of the Odyssey and the first half of the Iliad was a unique achievement.’
    • ‘The penultimate stanza is the only stanza that uses the Spenserian hexameter for its last line.’
    • ‘First performed and published in 1592, "The Spanish Tragedy" represents the theatrical translation of the Spenserian world view.’
    • ‘The form is known as the Spenserian stanza, a specific form.’

noun

  • An admirer, imitator, or student of the English poet Edmund Spenser or his works.

    ‘a small group of eighteenth-century Irish Spenserians’
    • ‘The Elizabethan Spenserians admired the romantic quality of Spenser.’
    • ‘Fletcher and his fellow Spenserians broke ground that was expanded most memorably by later authors.’
    • ‘English Spenserians used pastoral poetry as a vehicle to express their discontent with Jacobean and Caroline court practices and ecclesiastical innovations.’
    • ‘It is a severe comment on the insularity of Spenserian scholarship that hitherto no Spenserian has recognized the portrait of Dee.’
    • ‘It's been said that if Milton had died at the end of his first poetic period, he'd be remembered for his early poems as one of the great Spenserians after Shakespeare.’

Pronunciation

Spenserian

/spɛnˈsɪriən//spenˈsirēən/