Edmund Spenser Poems

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Edmund Spenser
Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 13 January 1599) was an English poet and Poet Laureate. Spenser is a controversial figure due to his zeal for the destruction of Irish culture and colonisation of Ireland, yet he is one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy. Spenser is best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem celebrating, through fantastical allegory, the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I.

my education
 
 
At school I sometimes read a book,
And learned a lot of lessons;
Some small amount of ... [read poem]
the old school list
 
 
In a wild moraine of forgotten books,
On the glacier of years gone by,
As I plied my rak... [read poem]
from the faerie queen
 
 
A gentle Knight was pricking on the plaine,
Y cladd in mightie armes and siluer shielde,
W... [read poem]
men and women
 
 
As I was strolling lonely in the Backs,
I met a woman whom I did not like.
I did not like ... [read poem]
a sonnet
 
 
Two voices are there: one is of the deep;
It learns the storm-cloud's thunderous melody,
N... [read poem]
amoretti iii: the sovereign beauty
 
 
The sovereign beauty which I do admire,
Witness the world how worthy to be praised:
The li... [read poem]
the ballade of the incompetent ballade-monger
 
 
I am not ambitious at all:
I am not a poet, I know
(Though I do love to see a mere scraw... [read poem]
a parodist's apology
 
 
If I've dared laugh at you, Robert Browning,
'Tis with eyes that with you have often wept:... [read poem]
4th july, 1882, malines. midnight
 
 
Belgian, with cumbrous tread and iron boots,
Who in the murky middle of the night,
Designi... [read poem]
the malefactor's plea
 
 
Of sentences that stir my bile,
Of phrases I detest,
There's one beyond all others vile;... [read poem]
steam-launches on the thames
 
 
Henley, June 7, 1891.

Shall we, to whom the stream by right ... [read poem]
england and america
 
 
Republic of the West,
Enlightened, free, sublime,
Unquestionably best
Production ... [read poem]
of f. w. h. m.: 1. to one that smokes
 
 
Spare us the hint of slightest desecration,
Spotless preserve us an untainted shrine;
... [read poem]
the philosopher and the philanthropist
 
 
Searching an infinite Where,
Probing a bottomless When,
Dreamfully wandering,
Cea... [read poem]
to r. k.
 
 
As long I dwell on some stupendous
And tremendous (... [read poem]
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