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Edmund spenser the renaissance


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Edmund spenser the renaissance

  1. 1. Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 –1599)Spenser was an English poet best known forThe Faerie Queene, an epic poem andfantastical allegory celebrating the Tudordynasty and Elizabeth I.
  2. 2. Edmund Spenser (c.1552-1599)Edmund Spenser used another variation with arhyme schemea b a b b c b c c d c d e eAlthough the rhyme scheme does not indicateit, both he and Shakespeare often used theconvention of the volta or shift in thought at theend of the eighth line in order to heightendramatic emphasis. They were also fond ofusing the couplet, or last two lines, to clinch orsum up the argument or theme of their poems.
  3. 3. Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 –1599)One day I wrote her name upon the strand,But came the waves and washed it away:Again I wrote it with a second hand,But came the tide, and made my pains his prey.‘Vain man,’ said she, ‘that dost in vain assay,A mortal thing so to immortalizeFor I myself shall like to this decay,And eek my name be wiped out likewise.’‘Not so,’ quod I ‘let baser things deviseTo die in dust, but you shall live by fame:My verse your virtues rare shall eternize,And in the heavens write your glorious name:Where whenas death shall all the world subdue,Our love shall live, and later life renew.’One Day I Wrote Her Name Upon the Strand