Alpers, Paul. “Pastoral and the Domain of Lyric in Spenser's Shepheardes Calender.” Representations 12 (Autumn 1985): 83-100.
Discusses the influence of Spenser's Shepheardes Calender on English poetry, arguing that in composing the first set of English pastorals in the European tradition Spenser helped himself—and English poetry in general—to overcome the difficulties of writing lyric verse.
Bernard, John D. “Spenserian Pastoral and the Amoretti.” ELH 47, No. 3 (Autumn 1980): 419-32.
Argues that the pastoral is a major factor that shapes Edmund Spenser's conception of his...
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