Who is Edmund Spenser



Edmund Spenser (/ˈspɛnsər/; 1552/1553 – 13 January 1599) was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognized as one of the premier craftsmen of nascent Modern English verse, and is often considered one of the greatest poets in the English language.

Life Edmund Spenser was born in East Smithfield, London, around the year 1552, though there is still some ambiguity as to the exact date of his birth. His parenthood is obscure, but he was probably the son of John Spenser, a journeyman clothmaker. As a young boy, he was educated in London at the Merchant Taylors' School and matriculated as a sizar at Pembroke College, Cambridge. While at Cambridg...
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Edmund Spenser Poems

  • Sonnet I*
    To the right worshipfull, my singular good frend, M. Gabriell Harvey, Doctor of the Lawes.

    Harvey, the happy above happiest men
    I read**; that, sitting like a looker-on ...
  • Sonnet Ii*
    Whoso wil seeke, by right deserts, t'attaine
    Unto the type of true nobility,
    And not by painted shewes, and titles vaine,
    Derived farre from famous auncestrie, ...
  • The Visions Of Petrarch:
    FORMERLY TRANSLATED.
    [Footnote: The first six of these sonnets are translated (not directly, but through the French of Clement Marot) from Petrarch's third Canzone in Morte di Laura. The seventh is by the translator. The circumstance that the version is made from Marot renders it probable that these sonnets are really by Spenser. C.]

    ...
  • Visions Of The Worlds Vanitie
    I.

    One day, whiles that my daylie cares did sleepe,
    My spirit, shaking off her earthly prison, ...
  • Epigrams
    I*.
    [* In the folio of 1611, these four short pieces are appended to the Sonnets. The second and third are translated from Marot's Epigrams, Liv. III. No. 5, De Diane, and No. 24, De Cupido et de sa Dame. C.]

    In youth, before I waxed old, ...
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Sonnet 86 Long 57 Great 50 Sweet 49 Light 49 Delight 43 Away 41 World 39 Bright 37 Earth 36


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  • Skifflegirl: “for whatsoever from one place doth fall, is with the tide unto an other brought: for there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.” - edmund spenser
  • Lcdcalabama: we were, like, interpreting the works of edmund spenser using postmodernist theory. not teaching kids to get inside the minds of cold-blooded mass shooters. so i don't know. this is all pretty weird.
  • Sunnykcreative: shakespeare was inspired by edmund spenser's, the faerie queen. that inspiration can be seen in his play, a midsummer night's dream.
  • Niallstanage: the one that felt the longest was being compelled to read the faerie queene by edmund spenser while in college. it’s terrible, btw.
  • Bold_pm: 2022 st helena: faerie queene silver round produced by east india company mint highlighting english poem theme written by edmund spenser.
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Sinners, obey the gospel-word!
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