The Faerie Queene | Critical Essay by Leicester Bradner

This literature criticism consists of approximately 36 pages of analysis & critique of The Faerie Queene.
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Critical Essay by Leicester Bradner

SOURCE: Bradner, Leicester. “The Narrative Poet (Faerie Queene, III-V).” In Edmund Spenser and The Faerie Queene, pp. 70-103. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1948.

In the following excerpt, Bradner provides an overview of the multiple storylines and the central themes in Books III, IV, and V of The Faerie Queene.

When Gabriel Harvey read the specimen of the Faerie Queene sent him by Spenser in 1580, he could not decide what kind of work it was. In his perplexity he resorted to a characteristically sixteenth-century simile. He said it was “Hobgoblin run away with the garland from Apollo.” It is very unlikely that he saw what is now Book I; in fact, his second comment, that Spenser seemed to be trying to outdo Ariosto, the most amusing of Renaissance poets, points rather clearly to...

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