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Faerie Queene [Hardcover]

Edmund Spenser

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April 1989
The Faerie Queene is the first great epic poem in the English language. It is along and complex allegory which presents the first time reader with many difficulties of allusion and interpretation. This volume is the only convenient and up-to-date guide to Spencer's poem, and is designed as a handbook to be consulted by students while reading the poem. Each chapter is devoted to a separate book of the poem, and sub-sections treat particular episodes or sequences of episodes in detail. Dr Heale considers fully the religious and political context, and pays due attention to the variety of Spencer's literary techniques. She encourages close reading of the poem and a lively awareness of both its rich detail and the intricate interrelation of its episodes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I only got 100 pages in, but I shall sally forth again 25 July 2000
By Gordon R Cameron - Published on Amazon.com
This is a difficult poem. It's interesting how archaic Spenser's language seems, considering that he was a contemporary of the much more modern-sounding Shakespeare. Of course, there is a deliberately nostalgic tone to the "Fairie Queene," which harkens back to an idealized medieval past. The influence of Middle English poetry -- particularly Chaucer and "Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight" -- is palpable.
I shall try it again in time. The lushness of Spenser's language is at times delightful, and it's also illuminating to see the way pagan and Christian imagery vie for power in the narrative. The structure seems a bit rambling; compared to the precision of (for instance) "Paradise Lost," "The Fairie Queene" requires rather more patience of the reader.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting foray into another language 10 April 1998
By Ursa (ursako@ix.netcom.com - Published on Amazon.com
Edmund Spencer's Faerie Queene is a dense and compelling moral pageant. Unfortunately, it's also written in middle english with layers of metaphor so thick you couldn't peel them off with a snowplow. It's a good book for anyone who likes learning new languages, and a fine read if you enjoy writing from that era, but don't go about it if you don't have the patience for it and a set of Cliff's Notes near at hand. (pause) Did they even do Cliff's Notes for Faerie Queene? (shrug) No matter. Read it anyway.
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