The Faerie Queene

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The Faerie Queene
by Edmund Spenser
The Faerie Queene is an English epic poem by Edmund Spenser, published first in three books in 1590, and later in six books in 1596. The Faerie Queene is notable for its form: it was the first work written in Spenserian stanza. It is an allegorical work, written in praise of Queen Elizabeth I. Largely symbolic, the poem follows several knights in an examination of several virtues.— Excerpted from The Faerie Queene on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.