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Edmund spenser

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Edmund spenser

  1. 1. • Born in 1552 in London • One of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse • 1569 - first publication anonymous translations, mainly of Petrarch’s sonnets
  2. 2. 1579 - first publicly-released poetic work, The Sheapheards' Calendar
  3. 3. • 1580 - Sent to Ireland to hold English property on the oft-rebellious island • Met Elizabeth Boyle – future wife • Suit to win her hand in marriage is recorded in Amoretti • The marriage itself was celebrated in Epithalamion
  4. 4. • 1599 - traveled to London, where died at 46 • Burried in Westminster Abbey • There are words on his tomb: “The Prince of Poets”
  5. 5. Poets’ coffins in Westminster Abbey
  6. 6. •The Sheapheards' Calendar – 1579 •The Faerie Queene 1589 – 1596 •Epithalamion - 1595 •Prothalamion - 1596
  7. 7. • Epic poem • One of the longest poems in the English language • Initially 12 books, but published only 6 • Characters have a specific symbolic meaning • “ Spenserian stanza “
  8. 8. • A sonnet cycle • Describes author’s courtship and eventual marriage to Elizabeth Boyle • Published in 1595 in London • The Petrarchan tradition
  9. 9. • Poetry foundation. 2014. [online]. [cit. 2014-03-19]. Available on the Internet: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/edmund- spenser • Wikipedia. 2014. [online]. [cit. 2014-03-15]. Available on the Internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amoretti • Ousby, I. 1988. The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English. USA: Cambridge University Press, 1988. 940-942 p.

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