The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene

Book - 1987
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Collects all six books of Edmund Spenser's "The Faerie Queene," a poem that blends elements of Arthurian romance with those of Italian Renaissance epics in stories of knights to achieve a virtue, along with "Two Cantos of Mutabilitie," with supplementary notes and materials.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, [1987]
ISBN: 9780140422078
0140422072
Branch Call Number: 821.3 SPE 1987
Characteristics: 1246 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: O'Donnell, C. Patrick
Roche, Thomas P.

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Jul 19, 2017

An extraordinary feat of writing - and requires much greater effort from the reader as well. Multiple viewpoints, lots of allegory, and there are about three to four dozen stanzas (of about 4000) that are exquisite, rapturously ethereal! I had to have the reading interrupted regularly, especially for the first hundred pages or so, by having to refer to the notes regularly to check obsolescent words. Although its been among the most intellectually challenging books I have read, it was certainly worthwhile.

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