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.]

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  • 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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Comments about Edmund Spenser

  • Joshpatch5: legend has it that edmund spenser translated ecclesiastes and song of solomon in verse. some scholar please find these.
  • Shreyabasu003: i shriek when i look at my english literature syllabus and see edmund spenser the faerie queen. “but, professor,” i cry, “this is over 400 years old! that can’t be relevant.”
  • Cv220284: he with his victour sword first opened the bowels of wide fraunce, a forlorne dame, and taught her first how to be conquered; since which, with sundrie spoils she hath been ransacked. -edmund spenser, faerie queene, regarding brute ii, legendary ancestor of the kings of england
  • Fansofoutlyre: sweet thames run softly – by robert gibbings –
  • Humanities_tech: the cfh faculty research colloquia series presents: katharine cleland: "empowerment through empathy: edmund spenser’s the faerie queene and tarana burke's me too movement" on monday, november 8th at 2pm. register for the webinar here:
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