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<i>Complaints</i> and <i>Daphnaïda</i> (1591)

Mark David Rasmussen

in The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199227365
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199227365.013.0013

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Complaints and Daphnaïda (1591)

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This article analyzes Spenser's Complaints and Daphnaïda. In 1591, the year after the first installment of The Faerie Queene, the publisher William Ponsonby issued in quick succession two more volumes by Edmund Spenser: the collection of miscellaneous short poems titled Complaints, and Daphnaïda a single poem mourning the recent death of the nineteen-year-old Douglas Howard, wife of Spenser's acquaintance Arthur Gorges. Both quarto volumes were prepared for the press during Spenser's visit to England in 1589–91, and both seem designed to capitalize on the recent success of The Faerie Queene. Both books also showcase poetry of unconsoled lamentation.

Keywords: short poems; poetry; unconsoled lamentation; Complaints; Douglas Howard; Daphnaïda

Article.  9491 words. 

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

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