Edmund Spenser Research Paper

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Edmund Spenser was born into a relatively poor family in East Smithfield, London, England in 1552 (there remains a degree of ambiguity to the exact date of his birth). This information is acquired from sonnet lx. in the Amoretti where he speaks of having lived 41 years, as of 1595. Although he was related to an affluent and noble Midlands family of Spencer, his own immediate family was not particularly wealthy. There also remains some ambiguity to the specificities of Spenser's childhood, though it is known that he was entered as a "poor boy" in the Merchant Taylor's grammar school, where he studied primarily Latin, with specks of Hebrew, Greek, and music thrown in sporadically. Edmund Spenser began his illustrious writing career as early as 16, as there are poems of his found in a miscellany, by the name of Theatre for Worldlings, that are accredited to being…show more content…
This expansive knowledge of the traditional forms and themes of lyrical and narrative poetry offered sufficient foundations for the formulation of his own highly original compositions. Without the study of the Roman epic poet Virgil’s Aeneid, the 15th century Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, and, later, Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberate, Spenser would not of been able to create his heroic, or epic, poem The Faerie Queene. Without Virgil’s Bucolics, and the later tradition of pastoral poetry in Italy and France, Spenser would not have came up with and written the The Shepheardes Calender. Lastly, without the Latin, Italian, and French examples of the highly traditional marriage ode and the sonnet and canzone forms of Petrarch and succeeding sonneteers, Spenser could not have written his most notable lyric, Epithalamion, and its accompanying sonnets,

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