Meaning of Della Cruscan in English:

Della Cruscan

Pronunciation /ˌdɛlə ˈkrʌsk(ə)n/


  • Relating to or denoting a late 18th-century school of English poets with an artificial style modelled on that of purist Italian writers.

    ‘Ultimately, time and change unravels the Della Cruscan affair and ensures the failure of romance.’
    • ‘The following lines are the very perfection of Della Cruscan sentiment and affected orientalism of style.’
    • ‘The Anglo-Italian collaboration is an important aspect of the original the Della Cruscan movement.’
    • ‘In 1791 she married Robert Merry, leader of the Della Cruscan group of minor English writers.’
    • ‘His verse reply to ‘The Snow Drop’ is in fact more a Della Cruscan erotic compliment than eulogy.’
    • ‘As a member of the Della Cruscan school of poetry, she had an indirect influence on the canonical Romantic poets.’
    • ‘Using Gray's ‘Elegy’ as a point of comparison, give us a head start by talking about how Della Cruscan verse functions and what it wants to achieve.’
    • ‘When it is revived at the end of the eighteenth-century by the English Della Cruscan poets, the tradition gains a new life in the orbit of the romantic movement.’


  • A Della Cruscan poet.

    ‘It was a name, Della Cruscans, which came to be applied to a group of English poets living in Italy at the end of the 18th century.’
    • ‘Juan's enforced cross-dressing seems to be Byron's self-justification for his harshly reviewed collections of juvenile poetry in the style of the Della Cruscans.’


Named after the Academy della Crusca in Florence (from Italian della Crusca ‘of the bran’, with reference to ‘sifting’ of the language).