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Irish History Quiz - Part 1

I’m planning a live launch of A Purgatory of Misery next month. I created a Facebook event and have been putting up daily posts about Irish history. 305 more words

Irish History

Does his thinking as he goes along

Gordon Teskey on the difference between how Spenser’s thought is represented in The Faerie Queene and how Milton’s thought is represented in Paradise Lost:

The thought of…

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Edmund Spenser

Edmund Spenser: Early Modern (1552–1599)

Canto I

A Gentle Knight was pricking on the plaine,
Y cladd in mightie armes and silver shielde,
Wherein old dints of deepe wounds did remaine, 1,451 more words

John Mark Reynolds

Wearing virtue

Spenser says in his letter to Raleigh that Prince Arthur represents magnificence, the virtue that is (according to Aristotle) “the perfection of all the rest.” Another word for magnificence is magnanimity, which Sir Thomas Elyot described as “the garment of virtue.” 82 more words

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Spenser and the limits of poetry

I presented this short summary of my thesis yesterday at a grad symposium at my university.


In his letter to Raleigh, Spenser said that his goal for the poem was to “fashion a gentleman or noble person in vertuous and gentle discipline.” This isn’t an unusual goal for a poet, especially in that time – think of Philip Sidney’s dictum that the goal of poetry is to teach and to delight. 1,254 more words

Edmund Spenser

“Like as a Huntsman” by Edmund Spenser

In this post, I discuss the poem by Edmund Spenser “Like as a Huntsman” and the Law of Reversed Effort.

Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) was an innovative English poet, and his most famous poem was… 604 more words