The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene This tale opens with the knight Redcrosse undertaking a quest in aid of his beloved Una In order to succeed and be united with Una Redcrosse must overcome his own human failings as well as the ev

  • Title: The Faerie Queene
  • Author: Edmund Spenser
  • ISBN: 9781840221084
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Paperback
  • This tale opens with the knight, Redcrosse, undertaking a quest in aid of his beloved, Una In order to succeed, and be united with Una, Redcrosse must overcome his own human failings as well as the evil tricks of the magician Archimago.

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    • Edmund Spenser

      Edmund Spenser c 1552 13 January 1599 was an important English poet and Poet Laureate best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem celebrating, through fantastical allegory, the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I.Though he is recognized as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy, Spenser is also a controversial figure due to his zeal for the destruction of Irish culture and colonisation of Ireland.

    256 thoughts on “The Faerie Queene

    • To me, this is the great long poem in English, beside which Paradise Lost seems like a clumsy haiku. Where Milton is precise and sententious, Spenser is exuberant, almost mad, and always focused on sheer reading pleasure. His aim is to take you on a crazed sword-and-sorcery epic, and his style combines godlike verbal inventiveness with the sort of eye for lurid details that an HBO commissioning editor would kill for.It's almost like fan fiction. One imagines Spenser getting high over his copy of [...]


    • How astonishing is the literary fecundity of England's Elizabethan Age - Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson, the list can go on and on. I last read "The Faerie Queene" more than forty-five years ago in a college English class, and then only in snippets. I felt that now was the time to read the poem in its entirety, and what a treat it has been.The poem consists of seven books (the last being foreshortened to only two cantos) of twelve cantos each. Each canto contains about fifty stanz [...]


    • This has been my baby for the last two years. The only time I've really, badly procrastinated for two years on something I need to get done. Like the guilty, feel-yucky procrastination. Somehow the first two books didn't click. Each canto took forever to finish, and there are twelve cantos per book, and 6 books for the whole Faerie Queene, soyou get the idea.I took it to election working. I tried reading it on the computer. None of the methods stuck for long, but I still had fun along the way. I [...]


    • I first really read this poem in graduate school with a teacher so superb he made Spenser, Milton, Donne, Herbert, and Marvell exciting. They are still among my favorite poets.Faerie Queene is Spenser's richly imaginative 16th-century epic poem depicting the education/spiritual growth of the Redcrosse Knight. In Spenser's epic being able to distinguish between good and evil, true and false becomes imperative, but difficult in a landscape that is deceptive and illusory.Spenser's landscapes metamo [...]


    • When it comes to sheer reading pleasure, it is almost impossible to beat "The Faerie Queene". It has nearly everything that a reader could desire; action, romance, deep philosophical and theological meaning, allegory, pitched battles on fields of honor, blood, swords, spearseverything that makes life worth living. And it is all wrapped in some of the most beautiful language ever to be set down in the English tongue. Spenser was a master of English, and you can sense that he wrote for the joy and [...]


    • Some place Ariosto above Dante because he tempers his ridiculously erratic romanticism with remarkable satire, joie de vivre, and a gently sloping concession to an ending. While both Ariosto's and Spenser's works are long-winded, Spenser never overcomes the need for vindication which gradually grew out of this work. This desperation precluded the light-heartedness that buoyed Ariosto's lengthy tale.The more one reads The Faerie Queene, the more one begins to respect Liz's desire to keep this man [...]


    • This is the favourite book I have ever laid my eyes on. I do not own the book. But what I remember of it is the perfect enchantement, of the world pf magic done in perfect Renaissance style glorifying the Queen Elizabeth 1.The best gook, inventive specenrian language, en English Rabelais in style with delightful concetto which create splendid and bustling world of the mythic geography Britain with Renaissance England.The quest of Arthurian Knight is so specifically Renaissance, and spencerian, t [...]


    • Alright. So sometimes you read books merely in order to feel good about yourself. I'm a sinner. Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, deemed one of the most difficult books int he English language, I read as a challenge to myself, which also included David foster Wallace's Infinite Jest and Joyce's Ulysses. I read them all and am proud of it. So The Faerie Queen is epic poetry. It celebrates Queen Gloriana (one of the many dubs of Elizabeth I). I won't go into "plot" details in this review. I'll s [...]


    • I read this (in a different edition, without notes and which preserved the Elizabethean spellings) as part of my course preparation for teaching British Literature when we were home schooling our girls, and found it a challenging --though not unrewarding-- read. The quaint spellings and archaic diction and vocabulary require slow and careful reading to mentally translate. Fully enjoying the work as Spenser originally intended is difficult (if not impossible), first because it's only half finishe [...]


    • The Faerie Queen is one of my favorite classic English literature pieces. It is a sword and sorcery tale following several knights each embodying a virtue. The allegory between Protestant and Catholic is multi-layered but isn't too vague to decipher. This epic is an adventure in the likes of Chaucer and John Milton, which you won't want to skip if you are well-read in English literature.


    • I DID ITTTTT WOWOWWOWOWthis book was wildIt also had a lot of death and rape in it I enjoyed books 2-5 the most Britomart is the lady knight of my dreams pretty much. I want her and Artegall to kiss :( I don't think that's too much to askI also loved Prince Arthur!!! Aww babe. I also loved his squire but I got really confused after the fortieth nameless squire showed up TBH



    • As Galadriel said in Return of the King, some things which shouldn't have been forgotten were lost. Spenser is one of those things. One of the great tragedies in Western pedagogy has been this ignorance of Spenser. He tells a beautiful story using the vehicle of hypnotic poetry. And there is sex. Lots of it. But even the sexual themes have pedagogical ends. Britomart is not merely chaste. She is told to vigorously pursue chastity. This does not mean merely to avoid all types of sexual encounters [...]



    • First book: Delightful! Many of the scenes got to be a little boring, but overall, I loved this book. Maybe it was because I was forcing my own interpretations of the character dynamics and situations on the story, but I really did enjoy it. Una is great, Redcrosse is very interesting, and the Una/Redcrosse/Arthur teamup was so much fun! The conflicts all worked well, especially the ones toward the end. I liked it.Second book: Eh not so much. This book is much more scattered than the first, and [...]


    • Don't be scared off by this one. Spenser wrote the greatest poem that emerged from the age of Shakespeare. Surrender yourselve's to his lingo, his rhythm, his abundant humor. There are images in this poem I'll never forget, along with one of the most compelling and admirable female warriors ever realized in a poem, Britomart. What a babe. SeriouslyThe language may be tough at first for contemporary readers, but as recently as 120 years ago, FQ was pretty standard children's reading--the kids rea [...]


    • At first, I read it and thought: what is this? I can barely understand the words coming out of their mouths! Thenne aftere a whille the odde spellungs and clus approxametions of currenntly spellede words becammes understandable. I found the story itself to bee quite interesting, vivid action, big battles, giants swinging clubs made from tree trunks with such force, they bury them in the ground, villains in disguise, noble knights, "ruined" women committing suicide and leaving a still living chil [...]


    • nwhytevejournal/2029672ml[return][return][return]This is one of the curiosities of the English language, a long poem written in its own peculiar verse structure in which archetypal figures based on myths of many different origins contend for mastery of spoils, women and virtue in a fantasy landscape which resembles the north of County Cork. Some of the allegory is pretty straightforward, as when Prince Arthur springs to the defence of the cruelly oppressed lady Belge; other parts are more layere [...]


    • Spenser is probably the least read of the 'great' Elizabethan writers, and picking up his Faerie Queen it's easy to see why: it's over a thousand pages of poetry (9 line stanzas) written in a kind of cross-over medieval-renaissance English. Even English graduates tend not to have had to read the whole thing, getting away with selected cantos, a kind of edited highlights. But starting at the beginning and reading it straight through is a completely different experience. While it is overtly a mora [...]


    • It doesn't benefit from being read cover-to-cover. This is mostly a series of unrelated adventures and I found it useful to read one canto at a time. Books three and four hang together more than the most and were my favorite part, though that might just be my eagerness at reading of the adventures of a Lady Knight.Spenser writes "Chaucerian" English the way you or I might write Elizabethan English - he substitutes a few key antiquated words and spellings whenever he can. At first it was very jar [...]


    • It's really good if you like linguistic puzzles. If medieval English bothers you, you will hate this book. Also, you must like wizards (good and evil), potions, jousting knights, hidden identities, mermaids, jesters, princesses, castles, trap doors, secret passages, dark and dangerous forests, magical/mythical creatures, magic mirrors, women in disguise fighting as knights, nymphs, treasure chests, pagan gods, Merlin, King Arthur, various knights of the round table as well as ones you aren't fam [...]


    • I have to admit I liked reading this. Prior to taking this class I never was really thrilled with Spenser's poetry, I have read a few of his sonnets before. This epic just seemed too long to be enjoyable. There is a bias toward his beliefs in the piece, Spenser had Puritan leanings, which made me shake my head a few times. Since Spenser is said to be the poet who the other English poets copy I was happy to have a reason to read the piece. Will I ever read it again? Probably not.


    • A Note on the TextTable of DatesFurther ReadingA Letter of the Authors Expounding His Whole Intention in the Course of this Worke: Which For that it Giveth Great Light to the Reader, for the Better Vnderstanding is Hereunto AnnexedCommendatory VersesDedicatory Sonnets--The Faerie QueeneTextual AppendixNotesCommon Words


    • Perhaps the greatest thing ever written in the English language. This masterpiece of medieval symbolism and epic poetry humbles the reader. 5 stars is inadequate.


    • After reading Paradise Lost and loving it, I felt that I had been giving epic poems an unfair treatment by avoiding them. I wanted another, and Edmund Spenser’s The Færie Queene seemed to be the obvious choice as a near contemporary with Milton. Little did I know how difficult it would be to come by. The Færie Queene easily meets the requirements for public domain and it is a title that is fairly well known: this had Project Gutenberg written all over it. But no. Book I, yes, but that’s it [...]



    • My love affair with a dead Englishman, Edmund Spenser, continues with The Faerie Queene, his epic poetic allegory of virtues. Spenser’s poetry, especially the gargantuan Faerie Queene, is often colored and enhanced on symbolic levels by his strong dedication to the emerging Protestant church in Elizabethan England. What I find especially intriguing is Spenser’s ability to communicate meaning on several different levels all at once. One can read The Faerie Queene as a straight adventure-chiva [...]


    • The Faerie Queene is as close to terrible as a verifiable work of genius can be. I'm giving it three stars here but it should really get both five and one.Anyone giving it five stars has not read the whole thing, if it were half as long it would be twice as good.Despite its pretensions to depth, the wealth of its pleasures come from lightness and air, and nothing is more terminal to froth than darkness and excessive length. The darkness being, not the costumed shade of Nights 'Yron Chariot' trun [...]


    • "To looke vpon a worke of rare deuiseThe which a workman setteth out to view, And not to yield it the deserved prise, That vnto such a workmanship is dew. Doth either proue the iudgement to be naughtOr els doth shew a mind with enuy fraught."This has been a summer of pushing the boundaries thus far. Rather than bask in literature that I know I'll breeze through and enjoy, I have been reading a lot of challenging works. The latest trend has been medieval literature, and while The Faerie Queene is [...]


    • Sheer Fun and Pure Poetry in a Faerie Fantasy EpicFor decades I avoided Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene (1590-96), fearing that it would be a lengthy poem-allegory-sermon attacking Catholicism and paganism and promoting Protestant Christian doctrine, a proto Pilgrim's Progress (1678) in verse. How happily wrong I was when I finally tried it! Its six books (and incomplete seventh) depict the moral adventures of various knights (Elfin, British, Saracen, chivalrous, discourteous, errant, retired [...]


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