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Isaiah Adams
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Overthrow The Demon Queen

Spenser was now at the top of his bent; he was possessed by the love of wonderful description, rich in descriptive imagery and in the employment of a large number of the poetic forms, such as the ode, the eclogue, the elegiac couplet, and the terza rima. He had the artistic power to unite each of the figures of the Faerie Queene with their appropriate place and time; he was fond of all the forms of pastoral life, and had great skill in representing them, as well as in the attractive and picturesque display of his own poetical skill. In a spirit of rivalry with Sidney, he has dedicated his poem to Queen Elizabeth, and has used a translation of the Metamorphoses as his introduction. This translation--a masterpiece of excellence--contains an account of the prelude to Spenser's dedication, which the Queen's affection for the English poet had led to insert in the first book of The Faerie Queene as an allegory for the sun rising above the clouds. The dedication, however, is so loosely translated from the original Latin that it can scarcely be considered as Spenser's; it was by Sir Thomas More, who wrote it in answer to the Queen's entreaties to Spenser to compose an account of his life.

Overthrow The Demon Queen


The Faerie Queene is divided into ten books. The first book treats of "Artegall," a mythical knight, Spenser's ideal of nobility, who personifies the archangel Michael and is the ideal of fidelity, duty, and honour. The last book describes the valour of Artegall's brother "Ameasle," who personifies the archangel St. Michael himself, the guardian of the faith. The poem ends with the battle in which the two brothers encounter the base knight Guyon, who personifies the enemy of "Prothon," the spirit of presumption. The poem begins with a poetical introduction, of which Spenser has left a fair copy in manuscript in the British Museum; this is quoted by Mr. Rose in his essay on Spenser in the Library of the British Museum, and is a model of the finest kind of English poetry. The first of the thirty-two cantos is about Artegall, and the last about Amyle and Guyon. Other cantos in the first book are about Fair Alma and Lady Patience.


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