Description : On the 400th anniversary of The Faerie Queene, this book challenges the received tradition of Spenser's biography. The first "life" of Edmund Spenser (c. 1552-99) was written by the poet himself, in allegorical fictions of poetic ambition, envy, and anxiety. Over succeeding centuries, readers have tried to revise and elaborate this life with reference to a handful of surviving records and a wealth of dubiously pertinent historical fact and gossip. The nine essays in this volume examine the history of Spenser biography and suggest strategies for reinterpreting it to an audience newly sensitive to problems of artistic self-presentation.
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 : "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.
Description : Spenser's brilliant use of the literary conventions of the pastoral to satirize the contemporary political milieu in Elizabethan England.
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 : Edmund Spenser's innovative poetic works have a central place in the canon of English literature. Yet he is remembered as a morally flawed, self-interested sycophant; complicit in England's ruthless colonisation of Ireland; in Karl Marx's words, 'Elizabeth's arse-kissing poet'-- a man on the make who aspired to be at court and who was prepared to exploit the Irish to get what he wanted. In his vibrant and vivid book, the first biography of the poet for 60 years, Andrew Hadfield finds a more complex and subtle Spenser. How did a man who seemed destined to become a priest or a don become embroiled in politics? If he was intent on social climbing, why was he so astonishingly rude to the good and the great - Lord Burghley, the earl of Leicester, Sir Walter Ralegh, Elizabeth I and James VI? Why was he more at home with 'the middling sort' -- writers, publishers and printers, bureaucrats, soldiers, academics, secretaries, and clergymen -- than with the mighty and the powerful? How did the appalling slaughter he witnessed in Ireland impact on his imaginative powers? How did his marriage and family life shape his work? Spenser's brilliant writing has always challenged our preconceptions. So too, Hadfield shows, does the contradictory relationship between his between life and his art.
Description : Book Six and the incomplete Book Seven of "The Faerie Queene" are the last sections of the unfinished poem to have been published. They show Spenser inflecting his narrative with an ever more personal note, and becoming an ever more desperate and anxious author, worried that things were falling apart as Queen Elizabeth failed in health and the Irish crisis became ever more terrifying. The moral confusion and uncertainty that Calidore, the Knight of Courtesy, has to confront are symptomatic of the lack of control that Spenser saw everywhere around him. Yet, within such a troubling and disturbing work there are moments of great beauty and harmony, such as the famous dance of the Graces that Colin Clout, the rustic alter ego of the poet himself, conjures up with his pipe. Book Seven, the "Two Cantos of Mutabilitie", is among the finest of Spenser's poetic works, in which he explains the mythical origins of his world, as the gods debate on the hill opposite his Irish house. Whether order or chaos triumphs in the end has been the subject of most subsequent critical debate.
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.