Another cast in different hews
Canto form
in The art of <i>The Faerie Queene</i>
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This chapter asks the question of whether or not the Spenserian canto is simply a proxy term for a convenient division in a long work. It probes the question of how Spenser’s cantos work through the juxtaposition of two different parts of the poem: it begins with Spenser at his most fractured and seemingly casual, in the second installment at the heart of Book VI, with its incomplete narratives, and explores questions of canto structure and the role of the narrator. The second part of the chapter then moves on to the more networked composition which characterises the first installment, to look at thematic connections across sequential cantos where narrative connections less clear cut.

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