The Faerie Queene (1596)

Elizabeth Jane Bellamy

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 (1596)

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This article addresses the following question: Other than Queen Elizabeth, the epic's most prominent reader, who did Spenser imagine as the reader most vigilant over the poem's wanton assault by the figures of Ate, Enuie, Detraction, and the Blatant Beast? It suggests that the principle reader of the 1596 The Faerie Queene is a choice between two ‘lodwicks’, Spenser's friend and contemporary Lodowick Bryskett, and the ghost of Spenser's long deceased but much admired epic model, Ludovico Ariosto. These two ‘lodwicks’ lend further insight into why the 1596 installment failed to complete Spenser's grand epic design.

Keywords: epic poem; poetry; lodowicks; Lodowick Bryskett; Ludovico Ariosto

Article.  10996 words. 

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

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