Edmund Spenser (1552-99)
The Faerie Queene
(1590, 1596)


Things to Consider:
  • Conventions of Traditional Epic Poetry
  • Political vs. Spiritual/Religious Allegory
  • Comparisons with other Christian Knights:
    • Beowulf
    • Sir Gawain
  • Portrayal and Treatment of Women
  • Spenserian Sonnet (abab bcbc cdcd ee)
  • Spenserian Stanza (ababbcbcc)
  • See essay

Discussion Questions (See Part Two  and Part Three ):
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Book One
Canto One:
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Canto Two:
431:

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Other Discussion Questions:
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423-24:
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Part Two
Discussion Questions:
Canto Four:
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Canto Nine:
449:
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Canto Ten:
458-59:
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Other Discussion Questions:
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Part Three
Discussion Questions:
Canto Eleven:
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464-65:
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Book Two:
Canto Twelve:
477:

478-79:
480-81:
484:
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486-87:

Other Discussion Questions:
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