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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  • Ya_boi_mitch: if i ever have to look at anything written by edmund spenser, particularly the faerie queene again i’m gonna cry. he sucks and i should say it
  • C20thposters: original exhibition poster: the art of walter crane, victoria & albert museum, 1971. the design features an illustration by crane for the faerie queene (edmund spenser, 1895-97)
  • Signumu: edmund spenser, author of the faerie queene, passed on this day in 1599. dive into spenser's epic poem as well as other english epics in our class: the life and times of the english epic. available now as an anytime audit course - study at your own pace!
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Come not before me now, O visionary face!
Me tempest-tost, and borne along life's passionate sea;
Troublous and dark and stormy though my passage be;
Not here and now may we commingle or embrace,
Lest the loud anguish of the waters should efface
The bright illumination of thy memory,
Which dominates the night; rest, far away from me,
In the serenity of thine abiding-place!
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