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Number of Pages: 1246
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1988
Dimensions: 7.81 X 5.11 X 1.97 (inches)
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Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves Bk. I: Edmund Spenser's the Faerie QueeneEdmund Spenser, Roy MaynardCanon Press / 1998 / Trade Paperback$15.99 Retail:
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Great Lady of the greatest Isle, whose light
Like Phoebus lampe throughout the world doth shine
The Faerie Queene was one of the most influential poems in the English language. Dedicating his work to Elizabeth I, Spenser brilliantly united Arthurian romance and Italian renaissance epic to celebrate the glory of the Virgin Queen. Each book of the poem recounts the quest of a knight to achieve a virtue: the Red Crosse Knight of Holinesse, who must slay a dragon and free himself from the witch Duessa; Sir Guyon, Knight of Temperance, who escapes the Cave of Mammon and destroys Acrasias Bowre of Bliss; and the lady-knight Britomarts search for her Sir Artegall, revealed to her in an enchanted mirror. Although composed as a moral and political allegory, The Faerie Queenes magical atmosphere captivated the imaginations of later poets from Milton to the Victorians.
This edition includes the letter to Raleigh, in which Spenser declares his intentions for his poem, the commendatory verses by Spensers contemporaries and his dedicatory sonnets to the Elizabethan court, and is supplemented by a table of dates and a glossary.
Elissa Kroeger5 Stars Out Of 5April 25, 2006Elissa KroegerI was reading some of George MacDonald's fiction and I noticed that many of his young characters were familiar with The Faerie Queene. I found a copy and started to read it, it is wonderful...full of Christian imagery and beautiful word pictures. I could not help but notice that the people who read things like this had longer attention spans than modern people. I found some commentary by CS Lewis on the poem and he said that until about 1914, this was Everyman's poem and he wished it could return to that status. I agree with him and I am going to find an abridged, illustrated edition to read out loud to my children on a rainy day!!!
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