Edmund Spenser


Born
London, England
Died
January 13, 1599

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Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 - 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

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The Faerie Queene, Book One

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Edmund Spenser's Poetry

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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

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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

“What though the sea with waves continuall
Doe eate the earth, it is no more at all ;
Ne is the earth the lesse, or loseth ought :
For whatsoever from one place doth fall
Is with the tyde unto another brought :
For there is nothing lost, that may be found if sought.”
Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene

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