9780140434453

The Shorter Poems

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    9780140434453

  • ISBN10:

    0140434453

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-05-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

Although he is most famous for The Faerie Queene, this volume demonstrates that for these poems alone Spenser should still be ranked as one of England's foremost poets.Spenser's shorter poems reveal his generic and stylistic versatility, his remarkable linguistic skill and his mastery of complex metrical forms.The range of this volume allows him to emerge fully in the varied and conflicting personae he adopted, as satirist and eulogist, elegist and lover, polemicist and prophet.The volume includes The Shepeardes Calender, Complaints, and A Theatre for Wordlings.

Author Biography

Edmund Spenser was born in London, probably in 1552, and was educated at the Merchant Taylor’s School from which he proceeded to Pembroke College, Cambridge. There he met Gabriel Harvey, scholar and University Orator, who exerted an influence on his first important poem, The Shepheardes Calender (1579) On receiving the MA degree in 1576 he became secretary to John Young, Bishop of Rochester, formerly Master of Pembroke. He may also have served briefly in the household of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, where we assume he met the Earl’s nephew, Sir Philip Sidney, to whom he dedicated The Shepheardes Calender. In 1580 he went to Ireland as secretary to Lord Grey de Wilton, Lord Deputy of Ireland, and stayed there most of his remaining life. While at Kilcolman, his estate in County Cork, Spenser met or reacquainted himself with his neighbor, Sir Walter Ralegh, who in 1589 brought him to London to present three books of The Faerie Queene (1590) to its dedicatee, Queen Elizabeth, who rewarded him with a pension of fifty pounds a year. After his return to Ireland in 1591, his two volumes Complaints and Daphnaida were published in London. His marriage to Elizabeth Boyle was celebrated in his sonnet sequence Amoretti and Epithalamion (1595), and in the same year his pastoral eclogue, Colin Clouts Come Home Again also appeared. In 1596 he brought out the second three books of The Faerie Queene as well as his Fowre Hymnes and Prothalamion. In 1598 his estate was burned during the Tyrone rebellion, and he fled to Cork and thence to London where he died in 1599. He was buried in Westminster Abbey and his fame, denied him in life, has endured. In 1609 a folio edition of The Faerie Queene appeared, including for the first time The Mutabilitie Cantos, and in 1611 a folio of the complete poetical works. His fame endures to this day as the great precursor of Milton.

Table of Contents

Illustrations
vii
Chronology ix
Introduction xi
From a Theatre for Worldlings
1(22)
Epigrams
2(6)
Sonets
8(15)
The Shepheardes Calender
23(134)
Januarye
35(5)
Februarie
40(12)
March
52(8)
Aprill
60(12)
Maye
72(15)
June
87(8)
Julye
95(12)
August
107(9)
September
116(12)
October
128(10)
Nouember
138(10)
December
148(9)
From Letters (1580)
157(6)
Complaints
163(160)
The Ruines of Time
166(23)
The Teares of the Muses
189(21)
Virgils Gnat
210(23)
Prosopopoia. Or Mother Hubberds Tale
233(39)
Ruines of Rome:
272(17)
Bellay
Mviopotmos
289(16)
Visions of the Worlds Vanitie
305(6)
The Visions of Bellay
311(8)
The Visions of Petrarch
319(4)
Daphnaida
323(20)
Colin Clovts Come Home Againe
343(42)
Colin Clovts Come Home Againe
345(27)
Astrophel
372(8)
Dolefull Lay of Clorinda
380(5)
Amoretti and Epithalamion
385(66)
Amoretti
387(46)
Anacreontics
433(3)
Epithalamion
436(15)
Fowre Hymnes
451(40)
An Hymne in Honovr of Love
453(10)
An Hymne in Honovr of Beavtie
463(9)
An Hymne of Heavenly Love
472(9)
An Hymne of Heavenly Beavtie
481(10)
Prothalamion
491(8)
Commendatory Sonnets
499(4)
Attributed Verses
503(2)
Notes 505(1)
Abbreviations 505(231)
Glossary of Common Terms 736(9)
Textual Apparatus 745(16)
Further Reading 761

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