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Questions about the works of Edmund Spenser (1552/1553-1599) or his life as a writer.

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Can someone explain to me these verses from The Faerie Queene?

The wals were round about apparelled With costly clothes of Arras and of Toure, In which with cunning hand was pourtrahed The love of Venus and her Paramoure The faire Adonis, turned to a flower, A ...
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Edmund Spenser's sonnet "My Love is like to ice, and I to fire"

Here is Sonnet XXX from the sonnet cycle Amoretti by Edmund Spenser: My Love is like to ice, and I to fire: How comes it then that this her cold so great Is not dissolved through my so hot desire, ...
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Why is Sonnet 35 of Spenser's Amoretti repeated as Sonnet 83 later in the sequence?

Why are the sonnets 35 and 83 the same in Spenser's Amoretti? I was on when I spotted it. Except the italicized "Narcissus" in 35 and the regular font of the same in 83 and ...
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Political Allegory in Shepheardes Calendar

In Edmund Spenser's The Shepheard's Calendar, which political allegory seems more appropriate in May Eclogue's Fox and Kid fable? According to Mary Parmenter, the Fox is Esme Stuart, Duke of Aubigny, ...
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What characteristics make The Faerie Queene an example of Renaissance literature?

Edmund Spenser's epic poem The Faerie Queene was published in the years 1590 (books I–III) and 1596 (books I–VI, i.e. complete). It is primarily an allegorical work, and allegories were not new in the ...