perhaps rightly been called ‘the most extended and extensive meditation on sex in the history of Europeanpoetry’; Camille Paglia, ‘sex’, in SpE , pp. 638–41.
43 See for example Hough, Preface to ‘The Faerie Queene’ , p. 169.
44 On the comic unreliability of the narrator at this point see Oram, ‘Human Limitation’, p. 47.
45 See Hadfield, ‘Spenser and Jokes’, pp. 7–9; and Oram, ‘Human Limitation’, p. 46.
46 The apparently concrete distance between ‘true’ and ‘false’ figures in Spenser’s allegory can be misleading, as I argue of Una and her double (see Chapter
), Roman poet. Studied
in Rome and Athens, and fought on Brutus’ side in the Roman Civil
War. Rescued from poverty by Maecenas, the famous patron of letters,
who gifted him the Sabine farm featuring in many of Horace’s poems.
Wrote several books of Satires and Epistles, Odes and Epodes, and a verse
epistle, the Ars poetica. One of the greatest Graeco-Roman influences on
all subsequent Europeanpoetry. (#12)
Hughes, Henry (1602–?1652), physician and poet. A native of Kent.
Graduated from Oxford, then proceeded to Padua to study medicine.
Returned to practise in London