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The Faerie Queene

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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 Acrasia's Bowre of Bliss; and the lady-knight Britomart's search for her Sir Artegall, revealed to her in an enchanted mirror. Although composed as a moral and political allegory, The Faerie Queene's 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 Spenser's contemporaries and his dedicatory sonnets to the Elizabethan court, and is supplemented by a table of dates and a glossary For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Grouping Titlefaerie queene
Grouping Authorspenser edmund
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display_descriptionRecounts the quests of certain knights as they struggled to achieve specific virtues, including stories that involve dragons, witches, and enchanted mirrors, in a work that was dedicated to Elizabeth I.
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ils:a1577020BookBooksEnglishPenguin, 1987.1246 pages ; 20 cm.
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subject_facetKnights and knighthood -- Poetry
Virtues -- Poetry
title_displayThe Faerie Queene
title_fullThe Faerie Queene / Edmund Spenser ; edited by Thomas P. Roche, Jr ; with the assistance of C. Patrick O'Donnell, Jr.
title_shortThe Faerie Queene
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