Spenser by Richard William ChurchSpenser by Richard William Church


byRichard William Church

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906-01-01. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. THE FAERIE QUEENE. "Uncouth [=unknown], unkist" are the words from Chaucer,1 with which the friend, who introduced Spenser's earliest poetry to the world, bespeaks forbearance, and promises matter for admiration and delight in the Shepherd's Calendar. "You have to know my new poet," he says in effect: "and when you have learned his ways, you will find how much you have to honour and love him." "I doubt not," he says, with a boldness of prediction, manifestly sincere, which is remarkable about an unknown man, " that so soon as his name shall come into the knowledge of men, and his worthiness be sounded in the trump of fame, but that he shall be not only kissed, but also beloved of all, embraced of the most, and wondered at of the best." Never was prophecy more rapidly and more signally verified, probably beyond the prophet's largest expectation. But he goes on to explain and indeed apologize for certain features of the new poet's work, which even to readers of that day might seem open to exception. And to readers of to-day, the phrase, uncouth, unkist, certainly expresses what many have to confess, if they are lionest, as to their first acquaintance with the Faerie Queene. Its place in literature is established beyond con 1 "Unknow, unkyst; and lost, that is unsoght." Troylns and Cryxeide, lib. i. troverey. Yet its first and unfamiliar aspect inspires respect, perhaps interest, rather than attracts and satisfies. It is not the remoteness of the subject alone, nor the distance of three centuries which raises a bar between it and those to whom it is new. Shakespere becomes familiar to us from the first moment. The impossible legends of Arthur have been made in the language of to-day once more to touch our sympathies, and have lent themselv...
Title:SpenserFormat:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217876145

ISBN - 13:9780217876148