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Spenser, Edmund

Born: 1552 AD
Died: 1599 AD, at 47 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Poets, Writers


1522 - Edmund Spenser Poet, born in London, UK. He studied at Cambridge, and obtained a place in Leicester's household, which led to a friendship with Sir Philip Sidney and a circle of wits (the Areopagus). He was an English poet and Poet Laureate.

1579 - His first original work was a sequence of pastoral poems, The Shepheards Calendar, which heralded the English literary Golden Age.

1580 - He became secretary to the lord deputy in Ireland.

1586 - His services was given Kilcolman Castle, Co Cork, where he settled.

1590 - He began his major work, The Faerie Queene, using a nine-line verse pattern which later came to be called the Spenserian stanza. The first three books, dedicated to Elizabeth I (the fairy queen, Gloriana), were published.

1596 - The second three of the Fairie Queen was published, but the poem was left unfinished at his death.

1597 - He was appointed sheriff of Cork.

1599 - On the 16th of January, he died at Westminster, ruined in fortune, if not heart-broken, and was buried in Westminster Abbey, near his master Chaucer.


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