Edmund Spenser

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Edmund Spenser
Edmund Spenser oil painting.JPG
Bornc. 1553
London, England
Died(1599-01-13)13 January 1599[1]
London, England
Resting placeWestminster Abbey
Alma materPembroke College, Cambridge
Notable worksThe Faerie Queene

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 poets, among others by George Gordon Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats and Alfred Tennyson.

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