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Edmund Spenser

Dátum narodenia: 1552
Dátum úmrtia: 13. január 1599
Ďalšie mená: אדמונד ספנסר, ادموند اسپنسر, एडमंड स्पेंसर

Edmund Spenser was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognized as one of the premier craftsmen of nascent Modern English verse, and is often considered one of the greatest poets in the English language. He was deeply affected by Irish faerie mythology, which he knew from his home at Kilcolman and possibly from his Irish wife Elizabeth Boyle. His house was burned to the ground during the Nine Years' War, causing him to flee Ireland.

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„To kerke the narre from God more farre,
Has bene an old-sayd sawe;
And he that strives to touche a starre
Oft stombles at a strawe.“

—  Edmund Spenser, kniha The Shepheardes Calender

The Shepheardes Calender, July, line 97; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„Sweete Themmes runne softly, till I end my Song.“

—  Edmund Spenser

The last line of each stanza
This is often attributed to T. S. Eliot, who does indeed quote it in The Waste Land
Prothalamion (1596)

„Tell her the joyous Time will not be staid,
Unlesse she doe him by the forelock take.“

—  Edmund Spenser, Amoretti

Amoretti, lxx; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„The gentle minde by gentle deeds is knowne.
For a man by nothing is so well bewrayd,
As by his manners.“

—  Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene

Canto 3, stanza 1; Spenser here is referencing and paraphrasing a statement from the "Wife of Bath's Tale" of Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer: "he is gentil that doth gentil dedis."
The Faerie Queene (1589–1596), Book VI

„For all that Nature by her mother-wit
Could frame in earth.“

—  Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene

Canto 10, stanza 21
The Faerie Queene (1589–1596), Book IV

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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