5 edition of A Biography of Edmund Spenser found in the catalog.
|LC Classifications||August 14, 2006|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 138 p. :|
|Number of Pages||93|
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Probably at this time Spenser made the acquaintance of Sir Philip Sidney, the poet and courtier. According to Amoretti 80, the poet had completed the second instalment Books IV-VI of The Faerie Queene shortly before the marriage, although it was not to be printed until 1596.
His efforts were rewarded in 1580, when, through the influence of the Earl of Leicester, he was named secretary to Lord Grey, the new lord deputy of Ireland.
Spenser is a controversial figure due to his zeal for the destruction of Irish culture and colonisation of Ireland, yet he is one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy. It was Ralegh who, reading through Spenser's draft of The Faerie Queene, encouraged him to join him on a trip to London in 1590, where he presented the celebrated poet to the Queen.
52 "The thrice three Muses mourning for the death Of Learning late deceased in beggary. Rambuss, Richard, Spenser's A Biography of Edmund Spenser Career, Cambridge England; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993. The curriculum at Mulcaster's school included Latin, Greek, and Hebrew; music and drama were stressed; A Biography of Edmund Spenser the English language was also a subject of study--then a novelty.
After Spenser's death the brash young Jacobean, Thomas Middleton, referred approvingly to Mother Hubberd "spurting froth upon courtiers' noses".
Some years later still, when Spenser was settled at Kilcolman Castle, found him with three books of the Faery Queen completed, and urged him to come with them to London. The volume contained The Ruins of Time; The Tears of the Muses; Virgil's Gnat; Mother Hubbard's Tale; The Ruins of Rome; Muiopotmos; Visions of the World's Vanity; Bellay's Visions; Petrarch's Visions.
It was apparently at his friend Raleigh's suggestion that the poet condescended to explain his ethical purpose in A Letter of the Author's addressed to Sir Walter and dated the 23rd of January 1589-1590; otherwise it would have been as problematical as the similar intention in the case of the Idylls of the King before that intention was expressly declared.
Important critical studies include Leicester Bradner, Edmund Spenser and the Faerie Queene 1948 ; William Nelson, The Poetry of Edmund Spenser 1963 ; and C. Allusions and letters from this period of Spenser's life show that he was busy with a variety of literary projects. Spenser was driven from his home by Irish rebels during the Nine Years War in 1598.
The Shepherd's Calendar By now Spenser had written a considerable quantity of poetry, but he had published nothing.
It is not clear how a poet so well-loved by so many, an official so highly-regarded by so many, and a man so politically well-connected to so many, could have died in the fabled penury to which Jonson later testified. Edmund Spenser was a man of his times, and his work reflects the religious and humanistic ideals as well as the intense but critical patriotism of Elizabethan England. Its plot is drawn from William Caxton's translation of the French beast allegory Renard the Fox, and its verse and narrative style betray clear Chaucerian influences.