Faerie Queene Introductory Materials
This introduction to The Faerie Queene will help you to understand the time period when it was written, meet the author Edmund Spenser, and interpret the text’s allegory and verse structure.
By Dr. George Armstrong Wauchope, Professor of English, South Carolina College
Faerie Queene Introduction
I. The Age which produced the Faerie Queene
II. The Author of the Faerie Queene
III. Study of the Faerie Queene:
1. A Romantic Epic
2. Influence of the New Learning
3. Interpretation of the Allegory
4. The Spenserian Stanza
6. Diction and Style
IV. Chronological Table of Events
These texts by Dr. Wauchope come from Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, Book 1 (New York: MacMillan, 1921).
When will you read Edmund Spenser’s writing in Excellence in Literature?
E4.3 Focus text: The Faerie Queene (Book 1) and the “Letter to Raleigh”