The Shepheardes Calender
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The Shepheardes Calender

Publication Date: November 2, 2010

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 Spenser was doing a style pastiche of Chaucer, but even in the 1500s, the language was already outdated and generally panned by most critics.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

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