The Shorter Poems by Edmund SpenserThe Shorter Poems by Edmund Spenser

The Shorter Poems

byEdmund SpenserEditorRichard A. McCabe

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Although he is most famous for The Faerie Queene, this volume demonstrates that for these poems alone Spenser should still be ranked as one of England's foremost poets. Spenser's shorter poems reveal his generic and stylistic versatility, his remarkable linguistic skill and his mastery of complex metrical forms. The range of this volume allows him to emerge fully in the varied and conflicting personae he adopted, as satirist and eulogist, elegist and lover, polemicist and prophet. The volume includes The Shepeardes Calender, Complaints, and A Theatre for Wordlings.

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Edmund Spenser (c.1552-1599) was educated in London and Cambridge and in 1580 moved to Ireland as secretary to the Lord Deputy. His poem, The Faerie Queene, was the first English epic. Richard McCabe is a Fellow in English at Merton College Oxford and a lecturer at the University of Oxford. He has published widely on Renaissance Lite...
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Title:The Shorter PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:816 pages, 7.78 × 5.16 × 1.43 inPublished:May 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140434453

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Table of Contents

The Shorter PoemsIllustrations
From A Theatre for Worldlings

The Shepheardes Calender

From Letters (1580)

The Ruines of Time
The Teares of the Muses
Virgils Gnat
Prosopopoia. Or Mother Hubberds Tale
Ruines of Rome: by Bellay
Visions of the Worlds Vanitie
The Visions of Bellay
The Visions of Petrarch


Colin Clovts Come Home Againe
Colin Clovts Come Home Againe
Dolefull Lay of Clorinda

Amoretti and Epithalamion

Fowre Hymnes
An Hymne in Honovr of Love
An Hymne in Honovr of Beavtie
An Hymne of Heavenly Love
An Hymne of Heavenly Beavtie


Commendatory Sonnets

Attributed Verses

Notes; Abbreviations
Glossary of Common Terms
Textual Apparatus
Further Reading

From Our Editors

Known primarily for his classic Renaissance work The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser also wrote an impressive collection of other poetry. This offering shows his skill and versatility in creating complex metrical forms. The Shorter Poems presents his original Latin verse along with translations. It also includes 32 woodcut illustrations.