Description : This is a collection of wide-ranging papers on Edmund Spenser, including criticism on the Shepheardes Calender, Spenser's rhymes, his impact on Louis MacNeice, the medieval organizations of the Faerie Queene, on the Mutabilite Cantos, Temperance in Book II, and Friendship in Book IV, Written by younger as well as by well-established scholars, the contributors move quietly away from theoretically dominated criticism, and emphasize the importance of historical criticism, both breaking new ground and recuperating neglected insights and approaches. The introduction describes and defends the current trend towards a renewed historical criticism in Spenser criticism. The papers contribute to our knowledge of Spenser's life as well as to our understanding of his poetry. J. B. Lethbridge lectures at the English seminar at Tubingen University.
Description : Widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of the English language, Edmund Spenser is famous for ‘The Faerie Queene’, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty. Spenser’s verse was notable for its premier craftsmanship and lyrical beauty, while his poetic innovations, such as the Spenserian stanza, would have a lasting impression on English literature. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature's finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents the complete works of the Edmund Spenser, with rare texts, beautiful illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 2) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Spenser's life and works * Concise introductions to the poetry and other works * Images of how the poetry books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Excellent formatting of the poems * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry * Easily locate the poems you want to read * Academic text of the famous ‘Faerie Queene’, suitable for students, with line numbers, detailed contents tables and the complete extant text * Includes a glossary section for the ‘Faerie Queene’ with definitions for difficult words, aiding your reading of this epic poem * Also includes Spenser’s rare non-fiction work on Ireland * Features two biographies - discover Spenser's literary life * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres Edmund Spenser * UPDATED with EDMUND SPENSER AND GABRIEL HARVEY’S CORRESPONDENCE, in response to customer review * UPDATED with traditional indenting of lines to THE FAERIE QUEENE Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Poetry Collections THE SHEPHEARDES CALENDER THE FAERIE QUEENE COMPLAINTS DAPHNAÏDA AMORETTI AND EPITHALAMION ASTROPHEL COLIN CLOUTS COME HOME AGAINE FOWRE HYMNES PROTHALAMION COMMENDATORY SONNETS The Poems LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Non-Fiction A VEWE OF THE PRESENT STATE OF IRELANDE EDMUND SPENSER AND GABRIEL HARVEY’S CORRESPONDENCE The Biographies THE AUTHOR OF THE ‘FAERIE QUEENE’ by George Armstrong Wauchope THE LIFE OF EDMUND SPENSER by John W. Hales Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles
Description : The Cambridge Companion to Spenser provides an introduction to Spenser that is at once accessible and rigorous. Fourteen specially-commissioned essays by leading scholars bring together the best recent writing on the work of the most important non-dramatic Renaissance poet. The contributions provide all the essential information required to appreciate and understand Spenser's rewarding and challenging work. The Companion guides the reader through Spenser's poetry and prose, and provides extensive commentary on his life, the historical and religious context in which he wrote, his wide reading in Classical, European and English poetry, his sexual politics and use of language. Emphasis is placed on Spenser's relationship to his native England, and to Ireland - where he lived for most of his adult life - as well as the myriad of intellectual contexts which inform his writing. A chronology and further reading lists make this volume indispensable for any student of Spenser.
Description : "Edmund Spenser prefaces the discussion of Spenser's works with a biographical chapter and follows it with a brief account of Spenser's influence. Oram argues that "Spenser changed significantly in method and emphasis over the twenty-odd years of his poetic career." Accordingly he treats Spenser's works in the order that they were published and divides The Faerie Queene into its two halves, setting each in the context of related shorter poems." "This prodigious monograph will serve as a resource for understanding all of Spenser's poetic works, providing readers with points of departure as well as firm grounding for continuing interpretation."--BOOK JACKET.
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Description : These paired Arthurian legends suggest that erotic desire and the desire for companionship undergird national politics. The maiden Britomart, Queen Elizabeth's fictional ancestor, dons armor to search for a man whom she has seen in a crystal ball. While on this quest, she seeks to understand how one can be chaste while pursuing a sexual goal, in love with a man while passionately attached to a woman, a warrior princess yet a wife. As Spenser's most sensitively developed character, Britomart is capable of heroic deeds but also of teenage self-pity. Her experience is anatomized in the stories of other characters, where versions of love and friendship include physical gratification, torture, mutual aid, competition, spiritual ecstasy, self-sacrifice, genial teasing, jealousy, abduction, wise government, sedition, and the valiant defense of a pig shed.
Description : Paola Baseotto’s important study stresses death’s ubiquity as a concept in Spenser’s works, always present in intimate relation to life, whether in the recurring, disturbing, figures of “deathwishers,” characters who seem to belong as much to the dead as the living, or as a perspective, challenging both characters and readers, to reassess their own apprehension of death and the way in which it shapes our lives. Baseotto’s analyses of Spenser’s “deathwishers” and “living dead” focus our attention on some of the most compelling and distinctive images in Spenser’s work, illuminating our understanding of their power and significance through a combination of detailed attention to language and context, and a thoroughly informed understanding of contemporaneous religious ideas and attitudes. Through close and sensitive study of Spenser’s writing from The Shepheardes Calender, through The Faerie Queene, to such little discussed poems as The Ruines of Time and Daphnaida in Complaints, Baseotto establishes the centrality, the subtlety and the distinctiveness of Spenser’s figuring of death. Baseotto’s study offers us a new and illuminating understanding of an aspect of Spenser’s writing that is fundamental, but which has been strangely neglected in recent decades. – Elizabeth Heale (Senior Lecturer, University of Reading)Author of The Faerie Queene: A Reader’s Guide (Cambridge University Press, 1987, 1999) and Autobiography and Authorship in Renaissance Verse (Palgrave, 2003).Exhaustive and succinct, rigorous and readable, Baseotto examines Spenser’s obsession with death, and shows us what a remarkable, independent and surprisingly modern sensibility he had. Here is a Spenser who engages our sympathies with unexpected intensity.– Tim Parks (Lecturer, IULM University, Milan) Novelist and frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books.