By David Scott Wilson-Okamura
Why did Spenser write his epic, The Faerie Queene, in stanzas rather than a classical meter or clean verse? Why did he impact the vocabulary of medieval poets reminiscent of Chaucer? Is there, as centuries of readers have spotted, anything lyrical approximately Spenser's epic kind, and if this is the case, why? during this obtainable and wide-ranging learn, David Scott Wilson-Okamura reframes those questions in a bigger, ecu context. the 1st full-length therapy of Spenser's poetic sort in additional than 4 many years, it indicates that Spenser was once English with no being insular. In his experiments with kind, Spenser confronted a few of the related difficulties, and located the various comparable strategies, as poets writing in different languages. Drawing on classical rhetoric and utilizing thoughts that have been built through literary critics through the Renaissance, this can be an account of long term, foreign developments popular, illustrated with examples from Petrarch, Du Bellay, Ariosto, and Tasso.