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Shorter Poems, The : Penguin Classics - Edmund Spenser

Shorter Poems, The

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 1st May 2000
ISBN: 9780140434453
Number Of Pages: 816
For Ages: 18+ years old

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While The Faerie Queene is his masterpiece, Edmund Spenser showed his supreme versatility and skill as eulogist, satirist, pastoral poet, and prophet in his shorter poetry. This new edition demonstrates the point. Included in this volume are The Shepheardes Calender, twelve poems that mark a turning point in literary history, as the anonymous author confidently asserts his faith in the native vigor of the English language; the Amoretti and Hymnes, which reveal an acute sense of how erotic and even religious love are shot through with vanity and narcissism; Mother Hubberds Tale, an Elizabethan Animal Farm; and the Epithalamion, a rare celebration of consummated desire that is offset by far darker echoes. To assist readers with Spenser's many allusions to biblical, classical, and contemporary literature, Richard A. McCabe provides an insightful Introduction and detailed notes.

Illustrationsp. vii
Chronologyp. ix
Introductionp. xi
From a Theatre for Worldlingsp. 1
Epigramsp. 2
Sonetsp. 8
The Shepheardes Calenderp. 23
Januaryep. 35
Februariep. 40
Marchp. 52
Aprillp. 60
Mayep. 72
Junep. 87
Julyep. 95
Augustp. 107
Septemberp. 116
Octoberp. 128
Nouemberp. 138
Decemberp. 148
From Letters (1580)p. 157
Complaintsp. 163
The Ruines of Timep. 166
The Teares of the Musesp. 189
Virgils Gnatp. 210
Prosopopoia. Or Mother Hubberds Talep. 233
Ruines of Rome: by Bellayp. 272
Mviopotmosp. 289
Visions of the Worlds Vanitiep. 305
The Visions of Bellayp. 311
The Visions of Petrarchp. 319
Daphnaidap. 323
Colin Clovts Come Home Againep. 343
Colin Clovts Come Home Againep. 345
Astrophelp. 372
Dolefull Lay of Clorindap. 380
Amoretti and Epithalamionp. 385
Amorettip. 387
Anacreonticsp. 433
Epithalamionp. 436
Fowre Hymnesp. 451
An Hymne in Honovr of Lovep. 453
An Hymne in Honovr of Beavtiep. 463
An Hymne of Heavenly Lovep. 472
An Hymne of Heavenly Beavtiep. 481
Prothalamionp. 491
Commendatory Sonnetsp. 499
Attributed Versesp. 503
Notesp. 505
Abbreviationsp. 505
Glossary of Common Termsp. 736
Textual Apparatusp. 745
Further Readingp. 761
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ISBN: 9780140434453
ISBN-10: 0140434453
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 816
Published: 1st May 2000
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1

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