Edmund Spenser


Born
London, England
Died
January 13, 1599

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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 culture and colonisation of Ireland.

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The Faerie Queene, Book One

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3.82 avg rating — 1,208 ratings — published 1960 — 75 editions
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Edmund Spenser's Poetry

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3.84 avg rating — 544 ratings — published 1599 — 6 editions
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The Faerie Queene, Book Two

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Amoretti

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The Shorter Poems

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Amoretti and Epithalamion

3.77 avg rating — 105 ratings — published 1595 — 9 editions
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The Faerie Queene, Book Five

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“For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.”
Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene

“For whatsoever from one place doth fall,
Is with the tide unto an other brought:
For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.”
Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene

“So furiously each other did assayle,
As if their soules they would attonce haue rent
Out of their brests, that streames of bloud did rayle
Adowne, as if their springes of life were spent;
That all the ground with purple bloud was sprent,
And all their armours staynd with bloudie gore,
Yet scarcely once to breath would they relent,
So mortall was their malice and so sore,
Become of fayned friendship which they vow'd afore.”
Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Books Three and Four

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  64 votes, 18.8%

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  57 votes, 16.8%

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  38 votes, 11.2%

 
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  21 votes, 6.2%

 
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  9 votes, 2.6%

The Sagas of Icelanders, 782 pages, 1200
 
  9 votes, 2.6%

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  9 votes, 2.6%

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  8 votes, 2.4%

 
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  7 votes, 2.1%

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  6 votes, 1.8%

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