ipl Literary Criticism

Online Literary Criticism Collection

Links below don’t belong? CONTACT US!

Return to: Literary Criticism Collection Home | ipl Home

Edmund Spenser (1552 – 1599)

Nationality: Columbian
Other: Irish
Periods: British: 1500-1700

wrote The Faerie Queen

Also See:
Our pages on these individual works by Edmund Spenser


The Faerie Queene

The Ruines of Time

View of the Present State of Ireland

Critical Sites | Biographical Sites | Other Sites
Still Need More?

Criticism about Edmund Spenser

Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)
This site created for “students and enthusiasts of English literature” includes links to the life and works of Edmund Spenser, links to essays and articles on Spenser’s work, and provides a list and links to additional sources for information about Spenser.
Contains: Works List, Works Available, Pictures, Timeline, Criticism, Commentary, Sketch
Author: Anniina Jokinen.
Keywords: “The Faerie Queene,” “Astrophel and Stella,” “Amoretti and Epithalamion”
Edmund Spenser Home Page
This page seeks to collect any and all Net materials pertaining to the works and life of Edmund Spenser. Includes texts of Spenser’s work, links to a chronology, calls for papers, the Spenser Society homepage, and many other resources.
Contains: Works Available, Works List, Pictures, Criticism, Commentary, Webliography, Bibliography
Author: Andrew Zurcher
Keywords: “The Faerie Queene,” “Astrophel and Stella,” “Amoretti and Epithalamion”
The Poetry of Spenser
This lengthy analysis of the author’s life and works includes sections on “Spenser�s family”, “Platonism in Spenser�s love poems”, “The Faerie Queene”, “Spenser as a word-painter and as a metrical musician”, and “Summary view of Spenser�s genius.”
Contains: Extensive Bio, Criticism, Bibliography
Author: W. J. Courthope
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume III: English, Renascence and Reformation
Reaping What Was Sown: Spenser, Chaucer, and the Plowman’s Tale
“I will show the way a single, powerful aspect of the Renaissance Chaucer transformed the first book of one of the most canonical poems in English literature, The Faerie Queene. Demonstrating how The Plowman’s Tale transformed Spenser’s work in Book One is important for us because an understanding of the Tale’s impact makes us re-examine our views of Edmund Spenser himself, showing him to be a poet concerned with the cultural construction of the English nation.”
Contains: Commentary, Criticism
Author: Clark, David Paul
Studied Barbarity: Johnson, Spenser, and Literary Progress
“Spenser was much on the mind of Samuel Johnson, one of the most active and important of those developing our notion of the Renaissance — not in any extended treatment, but in scattered comments from the 1730s through the ’80s.2 Spenser’s position in Johnson’s thought has received little attention,3 but tugging on these Spenserian loose ends reveals a thread woven across the entire fabric of Johnson’s criticism. “
Contains: Criticism, Commentary
Author: Lynch, Jack

Biographical sites about Edmund Spenser

Sorry. There are no biographical sites about Edmund Spenser in the collection; do you know of any that you can recommend?

Other sites about Edmund Spenser

Sorry. There are no other sites about Edmund Spenser in the collection; do you know of any that you can recommend?

Still Need More?

Couldn’t find the information you were looking for?
Use these links to search for Edmund Spenser outside the IPL.
Click a link below to automatically search that site for Edmund Spenser:

articles on Edmund Spenser (may not be full text):
Google Scholar | Microsoft Live Search |
Find Articles

Edmund Spenser‘s works online
(recent authors’ works generally not available for free):

Univ. of Va.’s eBook Library

Project Gutenberg
Google Books

Edmund Spenser on the About network:

Factual information on Edmund Spenser:

Search Engines:
Search engines are also a great place to start research,
but they can lead to many commercial
and/or non-authoritative resources.

Search engines:
Alta Vista | Google | Yahoo!
Metasearch engines:
Ixquick Metasearch |
All the Web.com |
Fazzle |
Mamma Metasearch |

Find Edmund Spenser‘s works in libraries:

Last Updated Apr 29, 2013