Edmund Spenser

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Edmund Spenser
Born c. 1553
London, England
Died 13 January 1599[1]
London, England
Resting place Westminster Abbey
Occupation Poet
Language English
Alma mater Pembroke College, Cambridge
Period 1569–1599
Notable work(s) The Faerie Queene

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Edmund Spenser

Edmund Spenser (/ˈspɛnsə/; c. 1552 – 13 January 1599) was an important poet from England. He is most famous for his epic poem The Faerie Queene, which talks about different knights who fight against evil. The poem also praises Queen Elizabeth I of England. He wrote also many sonnets and poems. The sonnets were collected under the name of Amoretti.[2]

Edmund Spenser invented a new rhyme-scheme for sonnet (abab bcbc cdcd ee) and a nine-line stanza (ababbcbcc).[3] These forms are today called Spenserian sonnet and Spenserian stanza. Spenserian stanza was later used by many poems, among others by George Gordon Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats and Alfred Tennyson.

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