Faerie Queene: Book 1

This revised edition of Faerie Queene Book has been freshly brought out under the series Orient BlackSwan Annotated Study Texts which is a series designed to bring classic English texts closer to students so that they are able to enjoy and understand the literary beauty and value of these excellent works The introductions, commentaries and notes are aimed to provide guidaThis revised edition of Faerie Queene Book has been freshly brought out under the series Orient BlackSwan Annotated Study Texts which is a series designed to bring classic English texts closer to students so that they are able to enjoy and understand the literary beauty and value of these excellent works The introductions, commentaries and notes are aimed to provide guidance to the student to perceive the complete literary and cultural matrix of the work as well as to draw on the stylistic and technical mastery of the writers Frequently, the student finds himself herself confronted with not only the intricacies of the text under study but also the necessity to grapple with it contextually in terms of genre, literary and historical background and critical commentary These editions provide the necessary background and analysis, including a list of questions and topics for discussion in class as well as a select bibliography.This edition of Faerie Queene covers all aspects of the genesis, the history and the deeper contextual and allegorical representations of this seminal work by Edmund Spenser within the scope of the annotations which are extremely detailed and exhaustive.
Faerie Queene Book This revised edition of Faerie Queene Book has been freshly brought out under the series Orient BlackSwan Annotated Study Texts which is a series designed to bring classic English texts closer to stud

  • Title: Faerie Queene: Book 1
  • Author: Edmund Spenser MC Jussawalla Ananya Dutta Gupta
  • ISBN: 9788125040309
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Of all of the classic English literature that I have read, The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser is among my favorites. The funny thing is, I don't have that much love for reading poetry (I can appreciate it for it's merits, but it's normally not my cup of tea,) but I thoroughly enjoyed this book length poem. The main story is of the Redcrosse Knight and his lady love Una, a princess who has asked her betrothed to rid the kingdom of a terrible dragon. Along the way they must face many challenges ( [...]

    2. Note: I read the Penguin unabridged Edition's Book One, not this edition.I am truly, honestly amazed that this has not been made into a movie, despite being an allegory. It has all the elements of adventure and romance that make blockbuster films: monsters and magic and battles and women scorned &c. The archaic language may be an impediment to some [the edition I read even retained the original spelling! How fun it was figuring out that eyen meant eyes; that wasn't even the most difficult wo [...]

    3. Well "read"(Also, I love Tolkien but why do people think they have to use that love to make me feel guilty about not wanting to read this entire story? Urgh, literature is so intertextual, it's infuriating sometimes.) (But, like, it's also really, really cool.) (I'm just not that much into old poetry about some knight wanting to have sex with whomever really - uhm, and Redcrosse is supposed to be the virtue of Holiness? haha, wait, I get it now) (Am kinda intrigued by the female knight in book [...]

    4. whoops yeah finished this weeks ago and it’s a lot of fun and i might actually get the entire bindup cause this was one of Tolkien’s main inspirations and is hella epic

    5. I love reading this stuff a loud. When I was in 10th grade, we all had to memorize the opening stanzas of Canterbury Tales in Middle English and recite them in front of the class and I harkened back to those happy days when I read this book. I found myself using whatsapp voice recorder function to send stanzas to my friends so they could revel in Spenser's mastery of the English language whether they wanted to or not. In particular I'd say the two sections on the 7 deadly sins and the 7 virtues [...]

    6. 1st read: Let me just say that Chaucer can suck it. Spenser is far more deserving of attention than he is. The allegory of the Faerie Queene is stunning, vivid, and poetic. I read a majority of the twelves cantos for my Brit Lit class, and found them mesmerizing. Shmoop played a big part in my text dissection, of course, as poetry is no strength of mine, but I find it unfair to any who say that's "cheating" because it worked to enrich my experience. Spenser should be read in classes far more of [...]

    7. What can be said of such an amazing work of literature? The rhymes here are always surprising, amazing, delightful. Spenser's vocabulary seems to sometimes be more abundant than that of Shakespeare's, which makes the work linguistically rich in a way that seems sometimes even to outshine the Bard himself, because the number of believable rhymes he is able to create so consistently.The dexterity of Spenser's rhyme is also subtle enough to create laughter at the same time where it plays out a beau [...]

    8. This book has everything: Romance, chivalry, satyrs, giants, dragons, religious symbolism, and courage in the face of temptation. All of these things would make a great film if it was made by the right person. Since that person does not come very often, I would be happy to only have this book without a film adaptation as opposed to this book with a film adaptation which excludes and alters details.

    9. [Short review from memory to keep track until I re-read at a later date](Epic poem; used mostly as reference. Generic Arthurian hero trope. Hel. Only read the first book? Should buy in paperback.)

    10. Overall thoughts on The Fairie Queene: I’ve only read Book One, but I must admit this was better than I thought it would be. Of course, my expectations were pretty low. I was expecting a tepid allegory about Jesus and, worse, Christianity. While there are certainly those elements, I was impressed with the lively language and gruesome (though somewhat melodramatic) fight scenes. The smothering morality does seriously tamp down the fun. I’m not sure if I’d want to hang out with any of the ma [...]

    11. At the start of this semester, one of my professors sent out an email about a reading group she was hoping to start in which we would all come together once a week to discuss one canto of Spenser's Faerie Queene. I had read Book Three of the Faerie Queene with her in class last semester, but I had not particularly liked it. I didn't get it, at all. It felt inaccessible and dry and I just didn't get it. But I love this professor, so I said I would join her reading group, and I am SO GLAD that I d [...]

    12. The Book of Holiness, colloquially referred to by Spensarians as Book 1, follows the Redcrosse Knight on his quest to defeat a dragon which has subdued the princess Una's parents' kingdom. This is the paramount quest Redcrosse finds himself engaged on in book 1, although the fulfillment of this mission, as in all Romance, is continually deffered by a number of intervening adventures and obstacles. Book one also functions as an allegory of a Christian pilgrim's progress to Christ, charting all th [...]

    13. I hate allegory, it dates everything and can easily come off as preachy. That's really what this suffers from. There is a lot of knowledge to take from this, but knowledge more of the period than anything else. If that's what you like, go ahead. For the most part it's just the poetry that can be truly 'enjoyed' here, though.

    14. I only read sections of book 1 of this GARGANTUAN work of poetry, and it's good. The imagery can be really fantastical and creative, there are some clever allusions, it is richly thematic, and reading most book one for class makes me want to read the rest of this poem some day. (But seriously guys, it is LONG, like it is +1,000 pages and Spenser DIDN'T EVEN FINISH IT! AHHH!)

    15. The first part of Spenser's epic, yet only half finished, allegory and paean to the glory of Queen Elizabeth, England and Protestantism; a chivalric romance overflowing with allusions to the Bible, Greek mythology and Arthurian legend.Book One tells the story of the Knight of the Redcrosse (Holiness) and his maiden love Una (Truth), whose parents have been imprisoned in their own castle by a fearsome dragon, which the knight has vowed to defeat, and by doing so become Saint George of England. Of [...]

    16. The Faerie Queene in a nutshell: Queen Elizabeth is the greatest thing since Jesus, and the Irish, French and Muslims are the actual worst.Spenser might be a piece of shit human being, but he has a lovely way with words and form.

    17. I have never read an epic poem before this, and thanks to a friend, who lent it to me, I had my chance! The Faerie Queene is a beautiful, allegorical tale written by Edmund Spenser in the late 16th century. Each character in this story represents a virtue, or acts as a symbol of morality. For example, the Faerie knight, Redcross, symbolizes Holiness. He stands for us as humans and the everyday struggle and trials as Christians to become more like Christ. The fair Una, his Lady, represents Truth. [...]

    18. 'And wash thy hands from guilt of bloudy field:For bloud can nought but sin, & wars but sorrowes yield.'

    19. This is one of the books that sparked the imaginations of both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and thus, planted the seeds that would become Middle Earth and Narnia. As I was reading I saw several places where both had borrowed directly from Spenser and I enjoyed seeing how many of his ideas and themes evolved and past into the books that I grew up reading in the two, more recent authors. In this, most illustrious of chivilriac poems, I am struck by the simplicity within. Redcross, though naive, i [...]

    20. Spenser's Faerie Queene is one of the greatest, and longest, poems in English. Blending history, classical literature, Christianity, and Arthurian romance into an intoxicating and "mellifluous tongue", as Hume says, Spenser cannot help but delight the general as well as the learned reader. What is lacking in Malory's Arthurian romances, namely, any moral substance, is abundantly supplied by the perceptive moralist Spenser, whose intent with the poem was to re-make souls; a tall order, indeed, bu [...]

    21. Edmund Spenser enjoyed great popularity in his time, partially because he was very good at turning lectures on morals into absolutely ripping yarns (in verse, no less) but partially because his epic "The Faerie Queene" extolled the virtues of Queen Elizabeth, whose enemies had an alarming tendency to become detached from their heads. Taken out of its historical context, book 1 of Spenser's 1590 epic is still as ripping a yarn as can be told in verse. The Red Cross Knight, later St. George of Mer [...]

    22. While I am reading the unabridged Penguin edition, I will keep track of the individual books as I finish them by adding these instead.Book 1 of the Faerie Queene is, bar none, one of the most thrilling tales I have ever read. Spenser's language, while obviously antiquated and an exercise to read, is vivid and sharp and wild. Once you get the rhythm of it (I recommend reading aloud), you sail through the stanzas. As a Christian, the allegory is, of course beautiful; as a red-blooded human being, [...]

    23. Book One of The Faerie Queene is a text which I didn't necessarily enjoy reading however have found it very interesting to study. Spenser's style of writing is slightly off putting; which is a shame because the plot itself, the characters created and the themes and issues he addresses are very intruiging! I have chosen to write on this text for my English Dissertation along side Paradise Lost, and am discussing representations of pride. Spenser writes of The Seven Deadly Sins, criticises Catholi [...]

    24. I had to read this for uni, and I wasn't too keen on it to begin with. Whilst I like Renaissance works, I hate having to sit down and figure out what the hell is going on. Also, poerty is not really my thing. However, I did find myself quite liking the poetry - it had a nice, soft rhythm that was easy to get into, and made parts of the text just fly by. However, I found large segments of it confusing, and I couldn't figure out who was which "he" or "her", and I got a little lost in the plot line [...]

    25. (The copy I got is Heritage Club's Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II version. It contains the first six books along with wood engravings and decorations. John Hayward provided an excellent review. This is just a pre-read glance, readying for future read.) According to Hayward, the difficulties for readers are several folds (1) length, but requires sustained attention instead of reading in snatches (2) Spenser's spelling and usage of English language appears to be archaic even for his time. (3) th [...]

    26. I've finished the first book of the Faerie Queene, but there is much more to come. I know I won't get back to it until after the new year so this seems a way to mark my progress in this wonderful journey. I'm a bit surprised that no movie has been attempted, at least that I'm aware of. Considering some of the wild attempts over the years to film other allegories, but to be fair, this one is quite long. Well worth the effort however, there is something about the language that just draws you right [...]

    27. I actually really enjoyed this! And I really didn't think I would! I don't know, I just liked all the characters parts were confusing at times, but luckily my professor sorted it at all out for me eventually. I liked the story line, and I normally don't like action scenes in fantasy/sci fi books but for some reason I really liked the battles between the Knight and Errour and later on the dragon. I know this is supposed to be a huge allegory as well and maybe I didn't get the whole allegory down, [...]

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