EPITHALAMION POEM PDF

Epithalamion , marriage ode by Edmund Spenser , originally published with his sonnet sequence Amoretti in Taken as a whole, the group of poems is unique among Renaissance sonnet sequences in recording a successful love affair culminating in marriage. The stanza poem begins with the predawn invocation of the Muses and follows the events of the wedding day. The speaker, reflecting on the private moments of the bride and groom, concludes with a prayer for the fruitfulness of the marriage.

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Epithalamion , marriage ode by Edmund Spenser , originally published with his sonnet sequence Amoretti in Taken as a whole, the group of poems is unique among Renaissance sonnet sequences in recording a successful love affair culminating in marriage. The stanza poem begins with the predawn invocation of the Muses and follows the events of the wedding day.

The speaker, reflecting on the private moments of the bride and groom, concludes with a prayer for the fruitfulness of the marriage. The mood of the poem is hopeful, thankful, and very sunny. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. Home Literature Poetry. See Article History. Britannica Quiz. Who wrote The Divine Comedy? Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. This group of poems is unique among Renaissance sonnet sequences in that it celebrates a successful love affair culminating in….

Edmund Spenser , English poet whose long allegorical poem The Faerie Queene is one of the greatest in the English language. It was written in what came to be called the Spenserian stanza. History at your fingertips. Sign up here to see what happened On This Day , every day in your inbox! Email address. By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Notice. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox.

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The complexities of Spenser's compositional practices were lost on later readers; Robert Aikin is typical: "The Epithalamion composed for his own marriage, possesses feeling as well as fancy, and wants only judicious curtailment to make it a very pleasing piece" Works of Spenser 1:xlv-vi. Robert Southey : "The epithalamium on his own marriage is one of the very finest poems which was ever written; were but a few parts omitted, it might be pronounced perfect" Annual Review 4 Anna Jameson: "The Amoretti , as Spenser has fancifully entitled his Sonnets, are certainly tinctured with a good deal of the verbiage and pedantry of the times; but I think I have shown that they contain passages of earnest feeling, as well as high poetic beauty. Spenser married his Elizabeth, about the year , and he has crowned his amatory effusions with a most impassioned and triumphant epithalamion on his own nuptials, which he concludes with a prophecy, that it shall stand a perpetual monument of his happiness, and thus it has been.

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