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The Poetical Works

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This complete edition of Spenser's poetry includes the Correspondence of Spenser and Harvey, printed from the original editions of 1580, a substantial introduction, and a glossary.
Paperback, 808 pages
Published December 31st 1961 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1599)
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Read this for English class; it was really hard to get myself to care about this book, especially because of its difficulty to read/understand what I was reading. Yet, I really did like his style of writing, and how everything read like a fairytale almost. Britomart was probably my favorite character out of the lot, which is probably what's intended because of her being the emblem for chastity and the hero of Book 3. There;s a crazy amount of different plots and characters mashed into it though, ...more
Man oh man, what a funky doos affair this is. Put a knight, a maiden, and some strange symbolic creatures together; then, smoke some sweet sweet chiba, and this is what you'd probably end up with; of course, it'd end up being all metered and epic and then you'd have to go around saying, "oh yes, I wrote that little piece--you might have read it--called the Faerie Queen!" Booyaa!
I thoroughly enjoy the poetry I've read of Edmund Spenser. He writes about the tragedies of life without disregarding the reality that there is hope. A life is made up of both the good and the bad. Spenser seems to have artfully mastered and I enjoy it!
I read The Fairie Queen for a class at UCSC. I remember liking parts of it greatly. I don't feel compelled to read it again.
This is an excellent and very serviceable academic edition. I used it as an undergraduate and still turn to it from time to time.
A really useful tool. The critical essays are great and include some from the very best Spenser scholars.
The beauty of allegorical epics! Norton edition has very useful essays, notes and critical essays.
Ciara (Lost at Midnight)
Read *most* of books one and two of the Faerie Queene and that's good enough for me.
Chris Brimmer
Pretty much all the poetry that isn't Farie Queen.
another classic, read it for class
Michelle Allen
Mar 02, 2008 Michelle Allen is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I will never be finished with this one.
I heart Britomart.
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Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 – 13 January 1599) was an important English poet and Poet Laureate best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem celebrating, through fantastical allegory, the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I.

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
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“After long stormes and tempests sad assay,    Which hardly I endured heretofore:    in dread of death and daungerous dismay,    with which my silly barke was tossed sore: I doe at length descry the happy shore,    in which I hope ere long for to arryue:    fayre soyle it seemes from far and fraught with store    of all that deare and daynty is alyue. Most happy he that can at last atchyue    the ioyous safety of so sweet a rest:    whose least delight sufficeth to depriue    remembrance of all paines which him opprest. All paines are nothing in respect of this,    all sorrowes short that gaine eternall blisse.” 0 likes
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