1802
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser. In six Volumes.

The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser. In six Volumes. From the Text of J. Upton. With a Preface, biographical and critical, by J. Aikin, M.D. 6 vols.

Edmund Spenser


Spenser's poetry is reprinted from Upton's text in John Aikin's expanded edition of Johnson's Poets. This inexpensive duodecimo edition is obviously modeled on Bell's poets; Aikin's critical prefaces seem to have sold the edition, which was several times reprinted.

The illustrations by John Stothard are in the sentimental vein, making the most of what romantic readers regarded as Spenser's "feminine" qualities — in stark contrast to William Kent's of half a century earlier, landscape is virtually absent.

Jewel Wurtsbaugh: This edition "contains criticism of some note and interest" Two Centuries of Spenserian Scholarship (1936) 140.



A Gentle knight was pricking on the plaine,
Ycladd in mightie armes and silver shielde,
Wherein old dints of deepe woundes did remaine,
The cruel markes of many a bloody fielde;
Yet armes till that time did he never wield:
His angry steede did chide his foming bitt,
As much disdayning to the curbe to yield:
Full jolly knight he seem'd, and faire did sitt,
As one for knightly giusts and fierce encounters fitt.

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