Epithalamion Questions and Answers
by Edmund Spenser

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In Epithalamion, Spenser celebrates not just his wedding but the aspirations of an entirely new class of people. Discuss.

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Edmund Spenser's poem, Epithalamion is a poem about his wedding. As has been the custom of poets for many years long before Spenser's time, love and marriage have been popular topics.

Spenser was well aware of this tradition and intentionally followed many of its conventions in this poem.

In this poem, Spenser celebrates his own wedding, taking the reader through the twenty-four hours of his nuptial day.

The title of Spenser's poem (Epithalamion) "means, literally, "at the nuptial chamber" in Greek. It is 443 lines long...but its length is not Spenser's crowning achievement; it is the way that Spenser appeals to what his audience knows, threading two worlds together as one by the poem's end.

One eNotes source points out that Spenser appealed first to what he knew his audience was familiar with. In this way, his allusions were deeply effective—to make comparisons by speaking of something that is known and noting similar characteristics found in the topic of his poem. This is what similes and...

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