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Edmund Spenser

1552 - 1599
Acclaimed by Sir Philip Sidney in his Defense of Poetry, Edmund Spenser was considered to be the greatest of English poets in his days. Using Virgil’s praise of Rome and of the Latin tongue in the Aeneid as an exemple, he glorified England and its language in his most famous piece of work, an unprecedented neoclassical epic in English: The Faerie Queene. He also had a huge influence on the Romantic period.
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My Love is like to ice, and I to fire;
How comes it then that this her cold so great
Is not ... [+]

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Like as a huntsman after weary chase,
Seeing the game from him escap'd away,
Sits down to rest him... [+]

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Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day,
Didst make thy triumph over death and sin:
And ... [+]

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One day I wrote her name upon the strand,
But came the waves and washed it away:
Again I wrote it ... [+]

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Calm was the day, and through the trembling air
Sweet-breathing Zephyrus did softly play,
A gentle... [+]