The Faerie Queen
The Faerie Queene is an English epic poem by Edmund Spenser, published first in three books in 1590, and later in six books in 1596. The Faerie Queene is notable for its form: it was the first work written in Spenserian stanza. It is an allegorical work, written in praise of Queen Elizabeth I. Largely symbolic, the poem follows several knights in an examination of several...more
To me, this is the great long poem in English, beside which Paradise Lost seems like a clumsy haiku. Where Milton is precise and sententious, Spenser is exuberant, almost mad, and always focused on sheer reading pleasure. His aim is to take you on a crazed sword-and-sorcery epic, and his style combines godlike verbal inventiveness with the sort of eye for lurid details that an HBO commissioning editor would kill for.
It's almost like fan fiction. One imagines Spenser getting high over his copy of ...more
The poem consists of seven books (the last being foreshortened to only two cantos) of twelve cantos each. Each canto contains about fifty stanz ...more
I first really read this poem in graduate school with a teacher so superb he made Spenser, Milton, Donne, Herbert, and Marvell exciting. They are still among my favorite poets.
Faerie Queene is Spenser's richly imaginative 16th-century epic poem depicting the education/spiritual growth of the Redcrosse Knight. In Spenser's epic being able to distinguish between good and evil, true and false becomes imperative, but difficult in a landscape that is deceptive and illusory.
Spenser's landscapes metamo ...more
Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, deemed one of the most difficult books int he English language, I read as a challenge to myself, which also included David foster Wallace's Infinite Jest and Joyce's Ulysses. I read them all and am proud of it.
So The Faerie Queen is epic poetry. It celebrates Queen Gloriana (one of the many dubs of Elizabeth I). I won't go into "plot" details in this review. I'll s ...more
The more one reads The Faerie Queene, the more one begins to respect Liz's desire to keep this man ...more
I found the story itself to bee quite interesting, vivid action, big battles, giants swinging clubs made from tree trunks with such force, they bury them in the ground, villains in disguise, noble knights, "ruined" women committing suicide and leaving a still living chil ...more
The language may be tough at first for contemporary readers, but as recently as 120 years ago, FQ was pretty standard children's reading--the kids rea ...more
Also, you must like wizards (good and evil), potions, jousting knights, hidden identities, mermaids, jesters, princesses, castles, trap doors, secret passages, dark and dangerous forests, magical/mythical creatures, magic mirrors, women in disguise fighting as knights, nymphs, treasure chests, pagan gods, Merlin, King Arthur, various knights of the round table as well as ones you aren't fam ...more
Hamilton's edition: three stars. I was somewhat unimpressed with the edition, though ...more
Now, I did not read the whole book aloud, but I did read it, from cover to cover, over the years that followed that cousin's death, and I enjoyed being sucked i ...more
Not altogether bad; but not altogether that great either
This book definitely has its issues. Whoever made this book into an eBook must not have known the difference between a "u" and a "v", because several times throughout the book a "u" was used instead of a "v"
and vise versa. Also it is extremely difficult to spot mistakes because it is written with archaic English. Therefore some words that look misspelled are really spelled exactly the ...more
I knew two friends who almost transferred out of their English major because they found this work so tediously repellant.
Time to excommunicate this dud from the English major canon. Please.
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Though he is recognized as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy, Spenser is also a controversial figure due to his zeal for the destruction of Irish cultu ...more