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Although he is most famous for The Faerie Queene, this volume demonstrates that for these poems alone Spenser should still be ranked as one of England's foremost poets. Spenser's shorter poems reveal his generic and stylistic versatility, his remarkable linguistic skill and his mastery of complex metrical forms. The range of this volume allows him to emerge fully in the va ...more
Paperback, 780 pages
Published September 30th 1999 by Penguin Classics (first published 1579)
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Elisa
I have a love/hate relationship with Edmund Spenser. I think he is one of the most beautiful and talented and creative writers in the large pantheon of English Literature, however, he can be so difficult and dense and frustrating! That said, his poetry is more than worth working through but its great having someone to instruct you through the process. The Sheapherdes Calender is trying to get through but it’s very foundational if anyone plans to read more Spenser. It’s a good read once you get t ...more
Yeti
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Shepheardes Calendar is brilliant, far superior to Faerie Queene. The Amoretti and Epithalamion are wonderful accounts of love and marriage, with a hint of biography as Spenser charts progress on his work. Colin Clout's Home Againe is not a great work, but it is important to his ouevre. Overall, a good collection to have on one's shelf if you're interested in Renaissance literature.
Anthony
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who appreciate GOOD poetry
Recommended to Anthony by: Dr. Michael Mack
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Everyone always focuses on The Faerie Queene but this is where the real gold is. Spenser was a lyricist before anything else and his quest to complete the Rota Virgilli produced some of the best short poems in the English language. I particularly recommend "The Shepheardes Calender", a pastoral masterpiece that combines Elizabethan politics with the growth of a poet. For the mathematically inclined, check out the "Amoretti/Epithalamion" and pay particular attention to the symmetrical relationshi ...more
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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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