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The Faerie Queene (Penguin Classics)

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It was the first epic in English and established the possibilities of heroic poetry in the English tradition. Milton called Spenser a better teacher than Scotus or Aquinas, and the rhythmical music and rhetorical control of The Faerie Queen, no less than its learning, have delighted poets for four centuries. Eighteenth-century poets imitated Spenser with abandon and Wordsworth, Keats and Tennyson were deeply influenced by the sensuousness of the work.

Spenser's intention was to rival, or surpass, the epic romances of the Italian poets Aristo and Tasso through the "darke conceit" of his poem, which brilliantly unites the medieval romance and renaissance epic. Spenser is the culmination of an ancient tradition begun by Virgil, yet the tone and atmosphere of The Faerie Quenne are distinctively his own.

Synopsis:

This work established the possibilities of heroic poetry in the English tradition. Spenser's intention was to rival, or surpass, the epic romances of the Italian poets Ariosto and Tasso through the "darke conceit" of this poem, which unites the medieval romance and Renaissance epic.

Synopsis:

‘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.

Synopsis:

Classic epic poem including a useful table of dates and a list of common words.

Table of Contents

The Faerie Queene A 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140422078
Editor:
Roche, Thomas P.
Editor:
O'Connell, C. P.
Editor:
Roche, Thomas P.
Author:
O'Donnell, C. Patrick
Author:
Spenser, Edmund
Author:
Roche, Thomas P.
Author:
O'Connell, C. P.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Knights and knighthood
Subject:
Epic poetry, English
Subject:
Virtues
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
125.
Publication Date:
19790131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
1248
Dimensions:
7.81x5.08x2.19 in. 1.80 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 1248 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140422078 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This work established the possibilities of heroic poetry in the English tradition. Spenser's intention was to rival, or surpass, the epic romances of the Italian poets Ariosto and Tasso through the "darke conceit" of this poem, which unites the medieval romance and Renaissance epic.
"Synopsis" by ,

‘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.

"Synopsis" by , Classic epic poem including a useful table of dates and a list of common words.

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