The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser: Canto II.
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The sorceress who turns men into beasts is not an unfamiliar motif (for example, see Circe from The Odyssey), but Spenser makes it clear that it is Acrasia’s sexual favors that allow her to turn men savage. Untamed lust makes men less than human and causes suffering to the good women who love them.
Edmund Spenser is considered one of the preeminent poets of the English language. He was born into the family of an obscure cloth maker named John Spenser, who belonged to the Merchant Taylors’ Company and was married to a woman named Elizabeth, about whom almost.
Two editions of Spenser are both from the same series, published by Hackett Publishing Company, which is providing inexpensive paperback volumes of The Faerie Queene, under the general editorship of Abraham Stoll. The volumes printed this year, books 1 and 5, are edited, respectively, by Carol V. Kaske and Stoll himself.
The Faerie Queene, one of the great long poems in the English language, written in the 16th century by Edmund Spenser.
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This HTML etext of The Faerie Queene was prepared from The Complete Works in Verse and Prose of Edmund Spenser (Grosart, London, 1882) by R.S. Bear at the University of Oregon. Inside lines of stanzas may appear left-justified due to limitations of proportional fonts in html. The text is in the public domain.