Chapter: English Literature in the Sixteenth Century
"The Shepherd's Calendar" is pretty weak. Spenser was doing a style pastiche of Chaucer, but even in the 1500s, the language was already outdated and generally panned by most critics. The poetry was actually so difficult to parse - even to the 16th century ear - that Spenser had to write his own extensive footnotes to each poem. The Norton helpfully mentions that the footnotes often just made it worse. Go figure.
Author: Edmund Spenser • Year: 1579 • Info:Wikipedia