Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Edmund Spenser

Edmund Spenser 1552-13 January 1599

He was an English Poet, Poet Laureate, he was best known for the epic poem "The Faerie Queen". This poem was an allegorical work in praise of Queen Elizabeth, one of the characters Una was a personificaiton of the true church and also represented the truth.
He is also known for a pamplet he wrote entitled "A View of the Present State of Ireland." He thought that a scorch earth policy should happen there, which would bring about famine. Because he believed Ireland would never be pacified unless it's languages and customs were destroyed. He had a home and land in County Cork, he was driven from there by Irish Rebels, his castle burned and his wife died. He underestimated the Irish and their hospitality!

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