THE FAERIE QUEENEAuthor – Edmund Spenser
First Published – 1590
Genre – Allegorical Epic Poem based on the legend of King Arthur and his knights. King Arthur symbolized the virtue of Magnificence. Book I – Holiness, Book II – Temperance, etc.
Setting – a mythical faerieland
Protagonist – the Redcrosse Knight, representing Holiness
Heroine – Lady Una
Antagonist – evil wizard Archimago
Star of the Book – The Faery Queene Gloriana, who symbolized Queen Elizabeth I. On one level the poem is a political allegory extolling her virtues and those of the Tudor Reformation. Queen Elizabeth became Spenser’s patron.
Favorite Secondary Character – a tie among the villainess Duessa and several fascinating dragons
Fun Tidbit – Spenser used language that was archaic for his time. Today it is at times even more difficult to decipher—but well worth it!
Favorite Line – “Gather the Rose of love, whilest yet is time.” The line is from the section known as the Bower of Bliss, which occurs in Book II, the Temperance section.
Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance