This remarkable poem, dedicated to Queen Elizabeth I, was Spenser's finest achievement: the first epic poem in modern English. The Faerie Queene combines dramatic narratives of chivalrous adventure with exquisite and picturesque episodes of pageantry. At the same time, Spenser is expounding a deeply-felt allegory of the eternal struggle between Truth and Error.
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Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be an academic to appreciate and even thoroughly enjoy Edmund Spenser's classic 16th-century epic poem The Faerie Queene, an allegorical work written in praise of Queen Elizabeth I, and detailing in precise and enchanting Spenserian stanzas the adventures a party of knights encounters while undertaking a quest for the titular "Faerie Queene".
Actor John Moffatt's deep, mellifluous voice accentuates the rich poetry of this enduring work, and he navigates very surely the rhythms of this famed epic. His pronunciation and pacing are nigh flawless, but even more, the energy he brings to this performance makes it easy to lean back and lose yourself in a fantastical realm of monsters, and adventure.
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