Edmund Spenser World Literature Analysis - Essay

Edmund Spenser World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

In 1600, Camden described Spenser as the leading poet of the age, indicating that Spenser had immediately established himself as a major poet. The body of his work differs from that of many nineteenth and twentieth century poets because each of his works is written consciously within certain literary conventions. Instead of attempting to find thematic connections among his works, each work of art needs to be assessed in relation to the earlier classical, Continental, and English works that Spenser adopted as models.

Many of Spenser’s minor poems are also linked to identifiable occasions or with specific patrons: Daphnaïda (1591), an elegy on the death of Douglas Howard, wife of Sir Arthur Gorges, was...

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