Edmund Spenser's ‘‘The Shepheardes Calendar’’ (1579) is a series of poems that celebrate the pastoral tradition and perfection of country life.
John Milton's Paradise Lost (1667) is the story of the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. Milton derived many of his ideas from The Faerie Queene.
Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur (1485) is the story of King Arthur. Spenser also uses many of the Arthurian legends in The Faerie Queene.
Sir Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesy (1579) argues that poetry serves an important purpose in the...
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