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Edmund Spenser

(1552 - 13 January 1599 / London / England)

Edmund Spenser
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Edmund Spenser was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognised as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy, and one of the greatest poets in the English language.

Life

Edmund Spenser was born in East Smithfield, London around the year 1552 though there is some ambiguity as to the exact date of his birth. As a young boy, he was educated in London at the Merchant Taylors' School and matriculated as a sizar at Pembroke College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge he became a friend of Gabriel Harvey, and later consulted him, despite their ... more »

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  • ''Like as the culver on the bared bough
    Sits mourning for the absence of her mate,''
    Edmund Spenser (1552?-1599), British poet. Amoretti; LXXXIX. Like as the culver (l. 1-2). . . The Complete Poetical Works of Spenser. R. E. Neil D...
  • ''Dark is my day whiles her fair light I miss,
    And dead my life, that wants such lively bliss.''
    Edmund Spenser (1552?-1599), British poet. Amoretti; LXXXIX. Like as the culver (l. 13-14). . . The Complete Poetical Works of Spenser. R. E. Neil...
  • ''Dark is the world, where your light shined never;
    Well is he born, that may behold you ever.''
    Edmund Spenser (1552?-1599), British poet. Amoretti; V. More than most fair (l. 13-14). . . The Complete Poetical Works of Spenser. R. E. Neil Dod...
  • But angels come to lead frail minds to rest
    In chaste desires, on heavenly beauty bound.
    You frame my thoughts, and fashion me within;
    You stop my tongue, and teach my heart to sp...
    Edmund Spenser (1552?-1599), British poet. Amoretti; VIII. More than most fair (l. 7-10). . . The Complete Poetical Works of Spenser. R. E. Neil D...
  • ''More than most fair, full of the living fire,
    Kindled above unto the Maker near;''
    Edmund Spenser (1552?-1599), British poet. Amoretti; VIII. More than most fair (l. 1-2). . . The Complete Poetical Works of Spenser. R. E. Neil Do...
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  • Sidi Mahtrow (11/28/2011 5:20:00 PM)

    Juan, how can he be dead, I just visited another poet's site on poemhunter and saw in the list of people who read that poet's poems that Edmund was listed. How can it be?

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    Take a hike bimbo poemhunter is on to you, besides if you don't know it, this guy can't answer, he's dead.

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