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The Historical and Poetic Contexts of Richard III

For this week we explored the world of Elizabeth 1st, Edmund Spenser’s The Fairie Queene,  and Christopher Marlowe’s Faustus together with Thomas More’s incendiary damnation of Richard III (from which Shakespeare borrowed furiously in order to keep in good with his reigning monarch!). 332 more words

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March 6

LOSSE is no shame, nor to be lesse then foe;
But to bee lesser then himselfe doth marre
Both loosers lott, and victours prayse alsoe: 143 more words

Thomas A Kempis

Spenser, Poetry and Performance, 12-13 June 2017

Dr Jane Grogan of UCD is co-organising this exploratory research event, which takes place on 12–13 June at Shakespeare’s Globe in London in collaboration with the International Spenser Society.

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February 27

WHAT man is he, that boasts of fleshly might
And vaine assurance of mortality,
Which, all so soone as it doth come to fight
Against spirituall foes, yields by and by, 184 more words


The Faerie Queene: The Temptation of Mammon

Book II of the Faire Queene concerns the Knight Guyon, who represents the virtue of temperance. In Canto VII he comes upon an “uncouth, salvage, and uncivile wight”. 635 more words

For Valentine’s: Spenser’s Amoretti Sonnet 75

Here’s a poem fitting for Valentine’s Day coming up and fitting for young lovers everywhere. The poet in love writes his beloved’s name in the sand and at the same time writes it in the heavens (while also writing it down on paper in this poem). 289 more words