The Shorter Poems

Overview

Although he is most famous for The Faerie Queene, this volume demonstrates that for these poems alone Spenser should still be ranked as one of England's foremost poets. Spenser's shorter poems reveal his generic and stylistic versatility, his remarkable linguistic skill and his mastery of complex metrical forms. The range of this volume allows him to emerge fully in the varied and conflicting personae he adopted, as satirist and eulogist, elegist and lover, polemicist and prophet. The volume includes The ...

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Overview

Although he is most famous for The Faerie Queene, this volume demonstrates that for these poems alone Spenser should still be ranked as one of England's foremost poets. Spenser's shorter poems reveal his generic and stylistic versatility, his remarkable linguistic skill and his mastery of complex metrical forms. The range of this volume allows him to emerge fully in the varied and conflicting personae he adopted, as satirist and eulogist, elegist and lover, polemicist and prophet. The volume includes The Shepeardes Calender, Complaints, and A Theatre for Wordlings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140434453
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 894,895
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund Spenser (c.1552-1599) was educated in London and Cambridge and in 1580 moved to Ireland as secretary to the Lord Deputy. His poem, The Faerie Queene, was the first English epic. Richard McCabe is a Fellow in English at Merton College Oxford and a lecturer at the University of Oxford. He has published widely on Renaissance Literature. Edited by Richard A. McCabe

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Table of Contents

The Shorter PoemsIllustrations
Chronology
Introduction
From A Theatre for Worldlings
Epigrams
Sonets

The Shepheardes Calender
Januarye
Februarie
March
Aprill
Maye
June
Julye
August
September
October
Nouember
December

From Letters (1580)

Complaints
The Ruines of Time
The Teares of the Muses
Virgils Gnat
Prosopopoia. Or Mother Hubberds Tale
Ruines of Rome: by Bellay
Mviopotmos
Visions of the Worlds Vanitie
The Visions of Bellay
The Visions of Petrarch

Daphnaïda

Colin Clovts Come Home Againe
Colin Clovts Come Home Againe
Astrophel
Dolefull Lay of Clorinda

Amoretti and Epithalamion
Amoretti
Anacreontics
Epithalamion

Fowre Hymnes
An Hymne in Honovr of Love
An Hymne in Honovr of Beavtie
An Hymne of Heavenly Love
An Hymne of Heavenly Beavtie

Prothalamion

Commendatory Sonnets

Attributed Verses

Notes; Abbreviations
Glossary of Common Terms
Textual Apparatus
Further Reading

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