My essay title is  on The Faerie Queene By what poetic means does Spenser represent a version or perversion of love in the following passage from Book lll of The Faerie Queene The Poem The Legend...

My essay title is  on The Faerie Queene

By what poetic means does Spenser represent a version or perversion of love in the following passage from Book lll of The Faerie Queene

The Poem

The Legend of Britomartis

or 

Of Chastity

It falls me here to write of Chastity,

The Rayrest vertue, far aboue the rest;

For which what needes me fetch from Faery

Forreine ensmples, it to haue exprest?

Sith it is shrined in my Soueraines brest,

And formed so liuely in each perfect part,

That to all Ladies which haue it profest,

Neede but behold the pourtraict of her hart,If pourtrayd it might bee by any liuing art.

But liuing art may not least part expresse,

Nor life-esembling pencil it can paynt,

All were it Zeuxis or Praxiteles:

His dsedale hand would faile, and greatly faynt,

And her perfections with his error taynt:

Ne Poets witt, tht passeth Painter farre

In picturing the parts of beauty daynt,

so hard a workemanship aduenture darre,

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The poetic means that English poet Edmund Spenser uses in Book III of “The Faerie Queene” to represent “a version” of love include the following:

Use of Theme

Spenser use the theme of Chastity or Purity to represent a version of love. This is not a perversion of love. Chastity is a free moral decision. It is made by someone who desires to remain celibate until they find their true love. Therefore, Spenser elevates love to a higher plain than it is often perceived.

Chastity involves sacrifice, self-control, and a commitment to one’s beliefs and value set. It is used in this poem to dignify and magnify Love – true love between the man and woman who are the subjects of this passage. Chastity is looked upon in Part III as a rare virtue, “…far aboue [above] the rest…”

Rhyme

Rhyme is a poetic means that Spenser employs to add to the heightened dialogue of the poem. This gives this epic poem a certain regal-ness, appropriate to the characters and subject of the poem. For example, this line rhymes concerning tainting the woman Chastity’s perfection:

His dsedale hand would faile, and greatly faynt,

And her perfections with his error taynt:

Personification

Chastity is explored as a virtue in this long poem and as a person. As a result, Chastity is actually personified as a living human being in this poem. Britomart, who is the female night, goes by the name Chastity (hence, The Legend of Britomartis as noted in the question). She lives in the land of Faerie, where Queen Gloriana rules, and is one of the Queen’s knights. Chastity the person and the virtue represent Spenser’s version of Love.

Alliteration

To present his view of Love, Spenser employs alliteration. An example is “…fetch from Faery…”

The ‘fs’ give the section of this line a musical quality based on a unique sound pattern when read aloud or experienced in a quiet reading. This raises the emotional level of the poem by way of its musicality, sound patterns, and rhythm. It is a useful poetic mean to approach and explore a version of love.

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