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Love’s ‘emperye’
Raleigh’s ‘Ocean to Scinthia’, Spenser’s ‘Colin Clouts Come Home Againe’ and The Faerie Queene IV.vii in colonial context
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This chapter considers the possibility that 'ocean' developed not only in reaction to Sir Walter Ralegh's courtly woes, including the Arthur Throckmorton disgrace of 1592, but also as a result, or reflection, of his colonial progress in the New World and Ireland. Ralegh's heroic actions while a soldier in Ireland also inspired allegorized episodes in Edmund Spenser's romance-epic The Faerie Queene, which is dedicated in part to Ralegh. Ralegh's poem was first published in 1870, soon after its discovery in Hatfield House, which location indicates that it may have been sent directly to the Cecils as original audience. Both Ralegh and Throckmorton would be exiled from Elizabeth's court. Like rapacious Lust, or a mad Irish king, Ralegh (and his wife) remains outside the pale of good repute.

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