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  §12. Allegory in "The Faerie Queene". XI. The Poetry of Spenser. Vol. 3. Renascence and Reformation. The ...
In that Faery Queene I meane glory in my generall intention, but in my particular I conceive the most excellent and glorious person of our soveraine the Queene, and her kingdome in Faery land.
queen Elizabeth, who, as occasion requires, is Gloriana, or Belphoebe, or Britomart; lord Grey, who is Artegall; Sir Walter Ralegh who is Timias), and sometimes invectives against the queen’s enemies, in the person of Duessa, who, when she is not Theological Falsehood, is Mary, queen of Scots.
This ambiguity of meaning is intensified by the mixture of Christian with pagan imagery, and by the blending of classical mythology, both with local antiquarian learning and with the fictions of romance.
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 Faerie Queene The - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Faerie Queene, The, English epic poem by Edmund Spenser.
The following selection from Edmund Spenser's poem The Faerie Queene is drawn from the beginning of the third canto in the first book and...
While residing with the Earl of Leicester in London, Spenser began to write The Faerie Queene, and in 1580 he was appointed secretary to Arthur Grey,...
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 Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership
The Faerie Queene was first published in 1590 by one of the preeminent poets of Elizabethan England.
In fact, the Queen was so impressed with the praise Spenser gave her in The Faerie Queene that she named him poet laureate in 1591, a position he held until his death in 1599.
In fact, The Faerie Queene was one of the primary influences behind the Romantic period of poetry in the nineteenth century.
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 Faerie Queene   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
However, in most folklore she is called only by her titles: The Queen of Elfland, or the Faerie Queene who rules over both Seelie and Unseelie fae alike.
In Celtic folklore, the Faerie Queene rules the realm of the Sidhe, the land of "the little people".
The Faerie Queene's habit of taking mortal lovers has been a favorite theme in song and story, from the ancient ballad of "Thomas the Rhymer" to Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream" and Ibsen's "Peer Gynt".
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 §9. "The Faerie Queene". XI. The Poetry of Spenser. Vol. 3. Renascence and Reformation. The Cambridge History of ...
In The Faerie Queene, Spenser applies the allegorical method of composition on the same principle as in The Shepheards Calender, but, owing to the nature of the theme, with great difference in the character of the results.
He may have been discouraged by Harvey’s want of appreciation of The Faerie Queene; but, at any rate, he was soon called away to more practical work by accepting, in 1580, the position of secretary to lord Grey, who had been appointed lord deputy in Ireland.
The first portion of The Faerie Queene was published in 1590.
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 SparkNotes: The Faerie Queene: Context
The poem's setting is a mythical "Faerie land," ruled by the Faerie Queene.
A devout Protestant and a devotee of the Protestant Queen Elizabeth, Spenser was particularly offended by the anti-Elizabethan propaganda that some Catholics circulated.
This sentiment is an important backdrop for the battles of The Faerie Queene, which often represent the "battles" between London and Rome.
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 The Faerie Queene - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Faerie Queene is an English epic poem by Edmund Spenser, published first in three books in 1590, and later in six books in 1596.
The Faerie Queene is notable for its form: it was the first work written in Spenserian stanza.
The Faerie Queene found political favor with Elizabeth I and was consequently a success, to the extent of becoming Spenser's defining work.
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 Summary of The Faerie Queene
Since The Faerie Queen is one of the longest poems in the English language, a summary is useful for anyone who is working on it.
The speaker defends the existence of Faerie land by referring to the, till recently, unheard of Peru and Virginia.
She explains she was sent as a messenger from her noble queen, Mercilla, to a pagan lord and his queen, Adicia, to entreat peace.
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 How Pat Squished the Faerie Queene
The sweetest, juiciest, sexiest berries in the universe: the Faerie Berrie."
The Faerie Queene showed Pat the way through the thickest parts of the forest to where the faerie berries were hidden.
The new queen, Bjork, was crowned and the faeries lived in Pat’s skeleton happily ever after.
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 Spenser's Faerie Queene study questions
Literal Level Synopsis of Book I of The Faerie Queene: Redcrosse Knight [ = RCK], representative of Holiness, has been commissioned by Gloriana, Queen of Fairy Land, to accompany Una to the kingdom of her parents and deliver them from the dragon that is scourging their land.
Since The Faerie Queene in some ways resembles an Arthurian romance, Duessa can be compared with the seductresses and sorceresses of Arthurian tradition (Morgan la Fee; Lady Bercilak in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight): she uses a negative form of "courtly love" to manipulate men.
Finally, the reference to Queen Elizabeth in stanza 4 links her to classical tradition: her light is like that of Phoebus (Apollo)'s lamp, the sun; Apollo is the Greek god associated with knowledge.
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 ENG208 Lecture Notes (Fairie Queene)
Spenser wrote the greater part of The Faerie Queene in Ireland (1580s-1590s), where he served an oppressive and brutal colonial regime as the secretary to the new English governor of Ireland, Lord Grey of Wilton (Spenser mainly worked at odd jobs in the judicial bureaucracy).
According to Elizabeth Fowler, in her Yale lecture "The Faerie Queene Among the Disciplines," Ireland was in a "terrible and terrified state" when Spenser was there working and writing his epic.
The Faerie Queene has an ecstatic, prophetic mode that requires treating the poem as if it were something like a sacred or a ritual text.
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 LIT 2001: Summary of Spenser's The Faerie Queene: Book 1
Gloriana, Queene of Faerie Land, has appointed the Red Cross Knight to accompany Una on a journey to her kingdom to destroy a dragon that is ravaging the land and holding Una’s parents captive.
Arthur explains that he does not know who his parents are: he was raised by Timon, an old knight, and educated by the magician Merlin, who would only tell him that Arthur’s father was a king and that Arthur would gain knowledge of his identity some time in the future.
Arthur then describes how he was visited by the Faerie Queene in a dream, and, captivated by her beauty, he has been searching in vain for her in Faerie Land for the last nine months.
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 Book One of The Faerie Queene at the University of Utah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
As a representative of Holiness, he has been commissioned by Queen Gloriana of Fairy Land to escort Una, a symbol of truth, to the kingdom of her parents and rescue them from a dragon who has taken control of their land.
Through his encounters with her cohorts - Sansfory, Sansloy, and Sansjoy; Lucifera, Queen of the House of Pride; and Orgoglio, the haughty giant - Red Cross is seduced, spiritually and physically weakened, and finally thrown into a dungeon.
Although he was acclaimed after his death as "Primce of Poets," during his lifetime he did not enjoy the favor of the queen, who may have found his poetry too subtle and equivocal to be used as propaganda.
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 The Faerie Queene Themes
Throughout the The Faerie Queene, Spenser emphasizes the importance of performing one's duty and accepting responsibility to complete the quest.
Several heroic figures emerge during the course of the poem and each is given a question to undertake, a monster or demon to extinguish.
Genre and the Repeal of Queenship in The Faerie Queen
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 Hunt - Hellish Work in The Faerie Queene
Heroic labor in The Faerie Queene becomes shameful work when it is done for wages and when it is done under a woman's command or influence.
Spenser did intend The Faerie Queene to consist of twenty-four hooks, of which he completed only one-fourth the whole (an accomplishment nevertheles s that makes the partially finished Faerie Queene the longest major poem in English literature).
Like Arthur, Spenser had preoccupied himself with the Faerie Queene, envisioning her, loving her face divine, imagining that composing "with labour, and long tyne" an epic poem dedicated to her would win her admiration and thus personal honor and material wealth.
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 The Fairy Mythology: Spenser's Faerie Queene: Spenser's Faerie Queene
The Fairy Mythology: Spenser's Faerie Queene: Spenser's Faerie Queene
Where "this delightful, land of Faery" lies, it were as idle to seek as for Oberon's realm of Mommur, the island of Calypso, or the kingdom of Lilliput.
The idea of making a queen sole regnante of Fairy-land was the necessary result of the plan of making "the fayrest princesse under sky" view her "owne realmes in lond of faery." Yet there may have been sage authority for this settlement of the fairy throne.
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 Amazon.com: Spenser: The Faerie Queene, Second Edition: Books: A.C. Hamilton,Shohachi Fukuda,Hiroshi ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The entire work is revised, and the text of The Faerie Queene itself has been freshly edited, the first such edition since the 1930s.
Edmund Spenser's _The Faerie Qveene_ is rightly considered one of the timeless masterpieces of English literature.
After all, The Faerie Queene wasn't written to keep academics busy; it was an entertainment, to be read aloud in groups, and to inspire wonder and laughter.
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 TANGMONKEY.COM [ The Faerie Queene ]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The Faerie Queene, by Edmund Spenser, is one of the most ambitious works of literature in the English language.
His first battle is with Error, a horrible monster: “Halfe like a serpent horribly displaide, / But th’other halfe did womans shape retaine.” The The Faerie Queene is heavily allegorical, so overcoming Error the snake-woman represents overcoming his tendency to commit errors in general.
The Faerie Queene is a staggering achievement by any standard.
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 Selections from the Faerie Queene
This remarkable poem, dedicated to Queen Elizabeth I, was Spenser's finest achievement: the first epic poem in modern English, The Faerie Queene combines dramatic narratives of chivalrous adventure with exquisite and picturesque episodes of pageantry.
The Faerie Queene is one of the great monuments of English literature, more often quoted than read.
These selections offer an accessible and entertaining introduction, and is the only one of its kind on audiobook.
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 2c. The Faerie Queene [Beyond Books - From Beowulf to Virginia Woolf]
But unlike other "Courtesy Books" popular at the time, such as Castiglione's Courtier, The Faerie Queene is written in verse, and the Elizabethans believed verse should instruct and delight.
Reading The Faerie Queen is no stroll in the park: the text demands a thorough knowledge of Greek and Roman mythology.
In The Faerie Queene, he introduces a new kind of stanza, one made up of nine lines, with the last line containing six beats instead of the usual five.
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 Snakes in Faerie Queene
Written by Elizabeth Howell Brunner at Cal Poly, 1997, for English 512: Sixteenth Century Prose, taught by Professor Linda Halisky.
This complicated snake mythos enters The Faerie Queene early in the first canto, as Spenser describes Redcrosse Knight's mission: "To prove his puissance in battell brave / Upon his foe, and his new force to learne; / Upon his foe, a dragon horrible and stearne" (I.i.3).
Whereas the corporeal snake, from viper to rattler, sheds layers of skin, the symbolic snake adds layers of meaning.
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Spenser is telling a story in Book I about a knight and a lady who are essentially going out on their first date.
These two schools of thought might seem to be contradictory (since one believes that human beings are capable of much good and the other believes that human beings are capable of nothing good), but in Renaissance England, many writers and thinkers somehow reconciled them to each other.
Spenser, for example, writes The Faerie Queene in order to educate the leaders of his day to be better people (a decidedly humanist project), but there are some unanswered questions about how Calvinist Spenser may have been deep down.
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 Spiritual Warfare and The Faerie Queene
Spenser’s epic verse, and second written work, The Faerie Queene, embodied the theme of spiritual “warfare” that had become increasingly popular in his time; the poem is allegorical, presenting the reader with a Christian knight who is faced with physical, as well as spiritual demons and must defeat them using spiritual weapons, such as faith.
The argument is often made that Spenser’s The Faerie Queene is an allegory meant to show Spenser’s belief in the errors of Catholicism and truth of Protestantism.
In both Ephesians and The Faerie Queene, warfare is spiritual; no physical weapons may be used, since they would not be enough when in combat with sin and temptation.
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The Faerie Queene is an allegorical epic romance; that is, it combines the characteristics of two genres (epic and romance), and uses the symbolic mode of discourse called allegory.
In his edition of the Faerie Queene (Longman, 1977), A. Hamilton says, "Calidore's vision of the Graces during his pastoral retreat is more than the allegorical core of Book VI: it is the allegorical core of the whole poem, its climactic vision, and the moving centre about which the poem turns.
As such, it raises central questions about the whole poem, the role of the poet in society, and his art in relation to nature and grace" (623).
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 The Faerie Queene: A Reader's Guide - Cambridge University Press
The Faerie Queene is the first great epic poem in the English language.
'Aimed primarily at undergraduates, this admirable guide ought to be in every library where readers may first encounter The Faerie Queene.
'The Faerie Queene: A Reader's Guide will be welcomed by students since it is sensible, helpful, and more up-to-date than any competing introduction.' English Studies
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 Links for 2c. The Faerie Queene [Beyond Books - From Beowulf to Virginia Woolf]
Read his classic work at this Renascence Editions site, which has the entire text of The Faerie Queene as well as other works by Spenser.
Was The Faerie Queene popular during Spenser's time because it celebrated the Tudors as the true continuation of King Arthur's lineage?
This University of Cambridge website on the author of The Faerie Queene is fit to serve everyone from the scholar to the interested passerby.
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 The Faerie Queene - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Guyon destroys her Bower of Bliss at the end of Book 2.
Book V: The Fifth Booke of the Faerie Qveene contayning The Legend of Artegall or Of Ivstice.
Book VI: The Sixte Booke of the Faerie Qveene contayning the Legend of S. Calidore or Of Covrtesie.
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 LIT 2001 handout: Faerie Queene Characters
Spenser's The Faerie Queene: Characters and their Allegorical Significance
This table should help you keep track of the allegorical significance of major characters in Book I of Spenser's The Faerie Queene.
Some characters may be relevant to only one or two allegorical levels.
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