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Spenser’s choice of Chaucer as his master was a matter less of anxiety of influence than of deliberate and self-promoting emulation. Both his debts and his creative encounters are apparent especially in his responses to Chaucer’s exploration of different kinds of love and sexuality, from the cosmic to the lustful, signalled most evidently in Britomart’s quotation from the Franklin’s Tale. Spenser further extends such an exploration to the allegorical relationships between his figures for virtue and vice.

Rereading Chaucer and Spenser

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