Edmund Spenser, The Poetry Of (Audiobook)
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Read by Richard Mitchley, Ghizela Rowe & Jake Urry (Unabridged: 1hr 8mins)

One of the greatest of English poets, Edmund Spenser was born in East Smithfield, London, in 1552 and went to school at Merchant Taylors' School and later at Pembroke College, Cambridge.  <p>In 1579, he published The Shepheardes Calender, his first major work. 

Edmund journeyed to Ireland in July 1580, in the service of the newly appointed Lord Deputy, Arthur Grey, 14th Baron Grey de Wilton. His time included the terrible massacre at the Siege of Smerwick.

The epic poem, The Faerie Queene, is acknowledged as Edmund’s masterpiece. The first three books were published in 1590, and a second set of three books were published in 1596. 

Indeed the reality is that Spenser, through his great talents, was able to move Poetry in a different direction.  It led to him being called a Poet’s Poet and brought rich admiration from Milton, Raleigh, Blake, Wordsworth, Keats, Byron, and Tennyson, among others. 

Spenser returned to Ireland and in 1591, Complaints, a collection of poems that voices complaints in mournful or mocking tones was published.  In 1595, Spenser published Amoretti and Epithalamion in a volume that contains eighty-nine sonnets.

In the following year he wrote a prose pamphlet entitled A View of the Present State of Ireland, a highly inflammatory argument for the pacification and destruction of Irish culture.

On January 13th 1599 Edmund Spenser died at the age of forty-six.  His coffin was carried to his grave in Westminster Abbey by other poets, who threw pens and poetic pieces into his grave. 


In this compilation - 

01 - Edmund Spenser - An Introduction 
02 - The Faerie Queen - Book I - Canto I
03 - The Ministry of Angels (from the Faerie Queen)
04 - Amoretti III - The Sovereign Beauty
05 - Amoretti VIII - More Then Most Faire, Full of the Living Fire
06 - Amoretti X - Unrighteous Lord of Love, What Law is This
07 - Amoretti XV - Ye Tradefull Merchants That with Weary Toyle
08 - Amoretti XXII - This Holy Season, Fit to Fast and Pray
09 - Amoretti XXXV - My Hungry Eyes, Through Greedy Covetise by Edmund Sepnser
10 - Amoretti XXXVI - Tell Me, When Shall These Wearie Woes Have End
11 - Amoretti LIV - Of This World's Theatre in Which We Stay
12 - Amoretti LXXI - I Joy to See How in Your Drawen Work
13 - Amoretti LXXIV - Most Happy Letters
14 - One Day I Wrote Her Name Upon The Strand
15 - Sonnet I
16 - My Love is Like to Ice
17 - Prothalamion
18 - Easter
19 - Shepheardes Calendar - IV - April