Edmund Spenser Biography

Poet (c. 1552–1599)
Edmund Spenser was one of the greatest poets of Elizabethan England, as evidenced by his masterwork, The Faerie Queene.


Edmund Spenser published his first important work, The Shepheardes Calender circa 1580. He also worked for courtiers Robert Dudley and Arthur Lord Grey, deputy of Ireland. It is in Ireland that Spenser wrote most of his masterwork, The Faerie Queene, a multi-part epic poem which glorifies England and its language. The poem pleased Queen Elizabeth I, who gave Spenser a small pension for life.

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