One of my undergraduate creative writing professors, Aaron Bushkowsky, used to exhort the class to delay the big reveal as long as possible. Give snippets of information, he advised, enough that the readers get a sense of the character and the setting. 921 more words
Tags » Edmund Spenser
Before one can begin reading The Faerie Queene, one must first read endless pages of pre-feature-presentation poetry.
It’s not that bad, of course. The fascinating thing about the Commendatory Verses (important men at court writing short poems to the effect that this Spenser guy’s work is worthwhile) and the Dedicatory Sonnets (Spenser writing his thanks and praise to the various men who commended his work and/or otherwise sponsored him) is the aspects they choose to praise. 1,050 more words
Sometime last year I wrote in this blog that I wanted to read more poetry. I have also had in the back of my mind a latent determination to learn more about Britomart, since Diana Wynne Jones mentions this female warrior in an essay, I believe, on writing 399 more words