<i>The Faerie Queene</i> (1590)

Linda Gregerson

in The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199227365
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 The Faerie Queene (1590)

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This article analyzes Spenser's The Faerie Queene. The Faerie Queene, from its first syllables, construes itself as occupying the place of national epic, and it is in this context that its rich hybridity and capaciousness must be understood. Spenser's poem proposes to tell a nation the story of its own consolidating destiny. And more: aspiring to fashion its reader in consummate virtue, which is to say, in consummate fitness for service to a polemically idealized Reformation Faerie Queene, the poem imagines for itself an active role in bringing that destiny about.

Keywords: poem; epic; destiny; The Faerie Queene

Article.  10306 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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