Age of Spenser Literary Style - Essay

Literary Style

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

William Rossky (essay date 1989)

SOURCE: "Imagination in the English Renaissance: Psychology and Poetic," in Studies in the Renaissance, Vol. V, 1989, pp. 49-73.

[Below, Rossky discusses the Renaissance notion of the poet's proper use of imagination—that imaginative writing must be based upon accurate perceptions, but that controlled and disciplined artifice can actually aid the poet in reconstructing objective, real events.]

Shakespeare couples lunatic, lover, and poet as 'of imagination all compact' (Dream v.i.7-8); Spenser finds that Phantasies' chamber is filled with 'leasings, tales, and lies' (F.Q. II.ix.51.9) and that his...

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