The Faerie Queene

Paperback | January 25, 1979

byEdmund SpenserEditorThomas P. Roche, C. Patrick O'donnell

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‘Great Lady of the greatest Isle, whose light
Like Phoebus lampe throughout the world doth shine’

 

The Faerie Queene was one of the most influential poems in the English language. Dedicating his work to Elizabeth I, Spenser brilliantly united Arthurian romance and Italian renaissance epic to celebrate the glory of the Virgin Queen. Each book of the poem recounts the quest of a knight to achieve a virtue: the Red Crosse Knight of Holinesse, who must slay a dragon and free himself from the witch Duessa; Sir Guyon, Knight of Temperance, who escapes the Cave of Mammon and destroys Acrasia’s Bowre of Bliss; and the lady-knight Britomart’s search for her Sir Artegall, revealed to her in an enchanted mirror. Although composed as a moral and political allegory, The Faerie Queene’s magical atmosphere captivated the imaginations of later poets from Milton to the Victorians.

This edition includes the letter to Raleigh, in which Spenser declares his intentions for his poem, the commendatory verses by Spenser’s contemporaries and his dedicatory sonnets to the Elizabethan court, and is supplemented by a table of dates and a glossary

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As one of the most influential epic poems in the English language, Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene marks itself as the central poem of the Elizabethan period. With married chastity as its central value, and King Arthur as hero, Spenser fuses medieval allegory with the Italian romantic epic. The language captures the sensuality of it...

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‘Great Lady of the greatest Isle, whose lightLike Phoebus lampe throughout the world doth shine’ The Faerie Queene was one of the most influential poems in the English language. Dedicating his work to Elizabeth I, Spenser brilliantly united Arthurian romance and Italian renaissance epic to celebrate the glory of the Virgin Queen. Each ...

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‘Great Lady of the greatest Isle, whose lightLike Phoebus lampe throughout the world doth shine’The Faerie Queene was one of the most influential poems in the English language. Dedicating his work to Elizabeth I, Spenser brilliantly united Arthurian romance and Italian renaissance epic to celebrate the glory of the Virgin Queen. Each b...

Edmund Spenser was born in London in 1552, and was educated at the Merchant Taylor’s School from which he proceeded to Cambridge. He wrote his first poem, The Shepheardes Calender, in 1579. In 1580 he went to Ireland as secretary to Lord Grey de Wilton, Lord Deputy of Ireland, and stayed there most of his remaining life. While at his e...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1248 pages, 8 × 5.1 × 2.2 inPublished:January 25, 1979Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140422072

ISBN - 13:9780140422078

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

The Faerie QueeneA Note on the Text
Table of Dates
Further Reading
A Letter of the Authors
Commendatory Verses
Dedicatory Sonnets

Book I
Book II
Book III
Book IV
Book V
Book VI
Two Cantos of Mutabilitie

Textual Appendix
Notes
Common Words

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As one of the most influential epic poems in the English language, Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene marks itself as the central poem of the Elizabethan period. With married chastity as its central value, and King Arthur as hero, Spenser fuses medieval allegory with the Italian romantic epic. The language captures the sensuality of its period, as Renaissance philosophy is rendered in these brilliant tales that focus on the quests of 12 knights, proving to exemplify the 12 virtues and a portrayal of the moral life. The Faerie Queene is one of the great classics of Renaissance literature, as its rhythmical music and rhetorical power have delighted readers for centuries.