Spenser, Edmund

(?1552-1599)
   Born in London and educated at the Merchant Taylors' School, he graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge University, in 1576. He fought in Ireland and was awarded lands in Cork, including Kilkolman Castle Cork. His pamphlet View on the Present State of Ireland (written in the 1590s) recommended complete subjugation of the Irish people, their language and customs and a scorched earth policy. Spenser was driven from his castle by Irish rebels during the Nine Years' War in 1598. The first of his major poems, The Shepheardes Calender (1579), is an allegory written from the point of view of various shepherds throughout the months of the year. The Faerie Queene (1580-1596)- dedicated to Queen Elizabeth-is an epic allegory of Christian virtues, tied into England's mythology of King Arthur. He died in London in a distressed financial state and his funeral expenses were borne by the Earl of Essex. He was buried near Chaucer in Westminster Abbey. Some of his other poems: "An Hymne of Heavenly Love," "I Saw Two Bears," "Lament for Daphnaida," "Prosopopoia: Or Mother Hubberds Tale," "Ruins of Rome," "The Teares of the Muses," "Virgils Gnat."
   Sources: Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite DVD, 2006. English Poetry: Author Search. Chadwyck-Healey Ltd., 1995 (http://www.lib.utexas.edu:8080/search/epoetry/author.html). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The Complete Poetical Works of Spenser. R.E. Neil Dodge, ed. Houghton Mifflin, 1936. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. Westminster Abbey Official Guide (no date). Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia).

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