The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene

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"The Faerie Queene has proved 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 Temperaunce, 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.:--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Harmondsworth ; New York : Penguin, 1978.
ISBN: 9780140422078
Call Number: 821.3 SPENSER
Characteristics: 1247 pages ; 19 cm.
Subjects: Poetry.
Virtues -- Poetry.
English poetry.
Political allegory -- Poetry.
Knights and knighthood -- Poetry.
Quests -- Poetry.
Additional Contributors: O'Donnell, C. Patrick
Roche, Thomas P.
Alternative Title: Fairy Queen


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Jul 19, 2017

An extraordinary feat of writing - and requires much greater effort from the reader as well. Multiple viewpoints, lots of allegory, and there are about three to four dozen stanzas (of about 4000) that are exquisite, rapturously ethereal! I had to have the reading interrupted regularly, especially for the first hundred pages or so, by having to refer to the notes regularly to check obsolescent words. Although its been among the most intellectually challenging books I have read, it was certainly worthwhile.


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