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 (spĕn′sər), Edmund 1552?-1599.
English poet known chiefly for his allegorical epic romance The Faerie Queene (1590-1596). His other works include the pastoral Shepeardes Calendar (1579) and the lyrical marriage poem Epithalamion (1595).

Spen·se′ri·an (spĕn-sîr′ē-ən) adj.
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(Biography) Edmund. ?1552–99, English poet celebrated for The Faerie Queene (1590; 1596), an allegorical romance. His other verse includes the collection of eclogues The Shephearde's Calendar (1579) and the marriage poem Epithalamion (1594)
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(ˈspɛn sər)

Edmund, c1552–99, English poet.
Spen•se′ri•an (-ˈsɪər i ən) n., adj.
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Noun1.Spenser - English poet who wrote an allegorical romance celebrating Elizabeth I in the Spenserian stanza (1552-1599)Spenser - English poet who wrote an allegorical romance celebrating Elizabeth I in the Spenserian stanza (1552-1599)
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References in classic literature ?
And foremost among them comes Edmund Spenser, for "the glory of the new literature broke in England with Edmund Spenser."*
If we could stand aside, as it were, and take a wide view of all our early literature, it would seem as if the names of Chaucer and Spenser stood out above all others like great mountains.
Edmund Spenser was born in London in 1552, and was the son of a poor clothworker or tailor.
But of how Spenser fared at college we know nothing, except that he was often ill and that he made two lifelong friends.
She would never have been heard of had not Spenser taken her for his lady and made songs to her.
Spenser went, and through his friend he came to know Sir Philip Sidney, a true gentleman and a poet like himself, who in turn made him known to the great Earl of Leicester, Elizabeth's favorite.
Spenser thought his heart had been broken and that his life was done.
Yet when, a few years later, Spenser published his first great poem, it did not tell of courts or courtiers, but of simple country sights and sounds.
In it Spenser sings of his fair lost lady Rosalind, and he himself appears under the name of Colin Clout.
Spenser called his poems Aeclogues, from a Greek word meaning Goatherds' Tales, "Though indeed few goatherds have to do herein." He dedicated them to Sir Philip Sidney as "the president of noblesse and of chivalrie."
Spenser was advanced at court, and soon after went to Ireland in the train of the Lord-Deputy as Secretary of State.
After eight years spent in the north of Ireland, Spenser was given a post which took him south.