Analyze stanzas 17, 18, and 19 from The Faerie Queene by Spenser.

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In book I, canto I, stanza XVII of The Faerie Queene, the knight Redcrosse has just entered the den of the monster, Error. Although this is not his quest, and he has stumbled upon the monster by accident, he determines to attack her anyway. The stanza begins with him doing so. Rather confusingly, Redcrosse is described in the first line of the stanza as "the valiant elfe," referring to his elfin or "faerie" ancestry.

The monster has the upper half of a woman and the lower half of a serpent, and is called "she" by the poet. Redcrosse uses "his...

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